Travel Alert December 2017: Southern California Wildfires

If Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Ana and other areas of southern California are in your travel plans over the next few weeks, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as wildfires continue to rage out of control.

Travel Alert December 2017: Southern California Wildfires

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:00 in the evening Pacific Standard Time; and the mountains in Santa Barbara County have also been under critical fire weather conditions — but wildfires can be unpredictable; and an extension of that warning would not be surprising.

A combination of extremely low humidity, Santa Ana offshore winds of up to 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, and dry timber and brush have been hampering efforts by as many as 85,000 firefighters to get all of the wildfires under control — although one relatively small wildfire has been extinguished.

The Thomas wildfire in Santa Barbara County — the largest of the six wildfires — has already consumed greater than 200,000 acres, which forced at least 88,000 people from their homes.

Northern California has endured its share of destructive wildfires back in October of 2017 — which became the most destructive in the history of the state — and prompted numerous travel advisories from airlines and the closures of numerous hotel and resort properties.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Los Angeles and some of the aforementioned areas, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the wildfires which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions due to thick smoke and traffic problems — including road closures.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this winter weather system:

Summary

No rain is in the forecast for at least the next seven days for the areas affected by the wildfires — not until the first week in January of 2018 —  but temperatures are expected to cool down sometime next week, which should be of some help to the firefighting efforts.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: Map data ©2017 Google, INEGI via Caltrans.

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