It’s been a dramatic 24 hours in Sun Valley.
While the La Tuna Canyon Fire continues to burn in parts of Burbank, Sun
Valley, Tujunga, and other surrounding communities, Village Christian
School is now safe – and unscathed.
“The cross still stands!” said Head of School Tom Konjoyan.
“God has spared VCS after the La Tuna Canyon fire burned 180 degrees
around the campus. All structures and fields were spared. The firefighters
were amazing. Our staff led by Chairman of the Board Dave Bethany and
Director of Facilities Mike Custer and a devoted group of parents and
teachers put out hot spots and kept vigil over the campus.”
All school buildings are intact, while other facilities, including the
challenge course and beach volleyball court – even the cross at
the top of the ridge behind VCS – were all unharmed.
A volunteer clean-up day is now planned for 9 a.m. on Monday to get the
campus ready for school on Tuesday. Anyone who is interested in helping
is welcome. If you have extra cleaning supplies, including brooms, wash
rags, and window cleaner, please bring them as well.
VCS staff remains stationed at the school around the clock to monitor the
fire and ensure any lingering brush fires are under control.
After the fire broke out yesterday afternoon, emergency teams from across
southern California rushed to the area, even maintaining watch on Wildwood
Road near the school exit gate by approximately 11 p.m. Friday.
Voluntary evacuations took place Saturday afternoon as the fire began to
grow, moving within mere feet of the campus by 2 p.m. The advance was
anticipated by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was positioned for
“What an exciting day here at Village with the fire coming right
down to the back of the school,” Bethany said. “I’m
just so grateful for the fire department that came and really saved the
day for us along with our facilities staff. They faithfully stood and
prepared and kept the buildings safe along with our volunteers that showed
up from the school, parents that gave their afternoon to save the school.
We are just so grateful. God bless you.”
Numerous fire crews were scattered across campus, primarily focusing their
efforts behind the C Building and around the softball field. The trucks
began to leave at approximately 4 p.m. believing the campus was secure.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., the southern-most hill behind the softball
field ignited due to the small lingering brush fires. Emergency crews
rushed back to campus, now focused on protecting the nearby homes.
However, the fire was contained by 5:15 p.m. without any structural loss.
“Thank you to all of you for your prayers,” Konjoyan added.
“They were heard!”