Travel Alert October 2019: Getty Fire Affects Southern California

If Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and other areas of southern California are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as a dangerous wildfire is only five percent contained.

Travel Alert October 2019: Getty Fire Affects Southern California

The National Weather Service had issued an extreme red flag warning through 6:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday, October 31, 2019:

A strong Santa Ana wind event is expected tonight through Thursday, and could be one of the strongest of recent memory. Damaging wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph are expected over most of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with isolated gusts to around 80 mph likely. Although the air is cold, humidities will lower to the single digits nearly everywhere by Wednesday or Thursday, and down to 1 or 2 percent in the driest windiest locations. Overnight recoveries Wednesday night will be near zero. This all adds up to an extreme fire weather threat. Use extreme caution with any potential ignition sources, and residents in high fire risk areas should be ready and set to evacuate if emergency officials say so.

A combination of extremely low humidity, offshore Santa Ana wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour, and dry timber and brush have been hampering efforts by firefighters to contain what is known as the Getty Fire, which has only been active for one day but has already consumed 656 acres. Only 33 acres of this fire are estimated to be contained — yet at least eight residences have already been destroyed; and an additional six residences have been damaged.

Mandatory evacuations are already in effect.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and other areas of southern California are in your travel plans over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this wildfire which may 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this wildfire:

Summary

Expect the travel waivers to possibly not only be expanded in terms of duration; but also issued by additional airlines, as the wildfires are not expected to be completely under control until at least Thursday, November 14, 2019. No measurable rain is officially forecast for at least until Tuesday, November 26, 2019 for the areas affected by the wildfires.

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.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of southern California…

Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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