EUGENE, Ore. -- There are about 5,000 students at the University of Oregon who call California home. Of those students, 150 have permanent addresses in cities impacted by the fires.
The Woolsey Fire is one of the largest on record for Los Angeles County. It has damaged at least 500 homes and buildings and 57,000 more are threatened.
Some students had to figure out if their house was still standing by watching the news.
"You hear about fires happening and devastations happening all over the world at different times, but you never actually expect it to be in your hometown," senior Carly Grossman said.
For Madison Marer, a senior at the University of Oregon, this fire meant more than just losing her house.
"Since I lost my mom and literally all I have are pictures [and] jewelry. Like that’s all in my house. That’s all I kept thinking about," Marer said. "There’s obviously not much I have left of her, and my dad knew that was important. That’s honestly so important to me that those are just kept safe and nowhere near the fire because everything else can be replaced."
The University of Oregon has many services for students affected by the fires, such as counseling, a wellness center and financial aid staff to help answer questions.
Residence halls will also be open Thanksgiving weekend for students who cannot go home.
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