If Aspen and other areas of western Colorado 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 July 2018: Colorado Wildfires
The Lake Christine fire — which was caused by two individuals firing pyrotechnic tracer rounds at the Basalt shooting range nearby — has grown quickly to encompass approximately 4,900 acres and has already destroyed at least three homes.
Hundreds of people have already been forced to evacuate from their homes. Fortunately, no fatalities or injuries have been reported; but unfortunately — and thunderstorms are currently in the area at the time this article was written, which brings a mixed blessing of precipitation and the additional danger of fires ignited by lightning. Temperatures are predicted to be as much as six degrees warmer than normal for the next nine days.
Power outages are also possible in the area due to damaged electrical lines.
#LakeChristineFire Be prepared: Power outages may occur and last up to 72 hours due to damaged electrical lines.
— Eagle County Sheriff's Office (@EagleCountySO) July 5, 2018
Other wildfires are also ravaging parts of Colorado — one of them larger than Atlanta and Manhattan combined — but they are not expected to disrupt air travel at this time.
Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations
If you are traveling to Aspen, 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 the wildfires:
American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Aspen for Wednesday, July 4, 2018 through Friday, July 6, 2018; and Sunday, July 8, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Aspen for Thursday, July 5, 2018 through Friday, July 6, 2018; and Sunday, July 8, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Aspen for Thursday, July 5, 2018; and Sunday, July 8, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
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.