UCLA football coach forced to evacuate home

Updated: October 29, 2003, 9:05 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA football coach Karl Dorrell and his family were forced to evacuate their Stevenson Ranch home earlier this week because of the Simi Valley fire, but a school spokesman said it appears the move is only temporary.

"At this point in time, the fire seems to have passed his neighborhood," sports information director Marc Dellins said Wednesday.

Dellins said he was uncertain when Dorrell and his family would be able to return home.

Dorrell's wife, Kim, and the couple's two children were ordered to evacuate Tuesday afternoon when flames approached within a mile of their Santa Clarita Valley subdivision.

Dorrell and his family spent Tuesday night at a Westwood hotel and were expected to do the same Wednesday night, Dellins said. Dorrell and the team leave Friday for a game at Stanford on Saturday.

"I feel more for the families who have lost their homes and who have lost loved ones," Dorrell said after practice Tuesday. "That's more of a tragedy than (our situation). My family is safe."

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