Saddleridge Fire
Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Travel Alert October 2019: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers for Saddleridge Fire in Southern California

Additional airlines have issued travel waivers for what is known as the Saddleridge Fire in southern California, which has been burning since Thursday, October 10, 2019 — but the good news is that the fatality and injury count has not increased; and the wildfire is now 41 percent contained.

Travel Alert October 2019: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers for Saddleridge Fire in Southern California

A combination of extremely low humidity, Santa Ana offshore sustained winds of up to 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, and dry timber and brush had been hampering efforts by firefighters to contain the Saddleridge Fire, which has already consumed 7,965 acres — but 3,266 acres of this fire are estimated to now be contained. The fire destroyed a minimum of 21 structures and damaged at least eleven additional structures.

One person suffered cardiac arrest and died at the hospital; while three firefighters suffered from minor injuries.

Mandatory evacuation orders are no longer in effect. As many as 100,000 residents near or in areas such as Olive View, Sylmar, San Fernando and Mission Hills were reportedly forced to leave their homes.

Both the cause and the source of the fire is still unknown at this time.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If southern California is in your travel plans over the next day or so, 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this wildfire:


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: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

  1. Reportedly? The evacuations actually happened! It was a hot mess full of residents at Porter Ranch Town Center (Rinaldi and Tampa) waiting over a day before L.A. City Fire allowed residents to go back up to their homes – the lucky ones that is.

    On the other side of the hill, the Newhall section of Santa Clarita, and Stevenson Ranch were on pins and needles on Saturday. During they afternoon, flames were moving up the 5 as far as the gun club at Weeldon Canyon, but not as far as Calgrove. L.A. County Fire and other departments that were called into help mopped up the flames.

    Nearby, while over on the 14 freeway, the flames luckily did not jump to the west side of the freeway. which would have brought destruction to homes and business in Santa Clarita.

    A great big shout of thanks to all the first responders and everyone else who helped what could have become a much worse disaster! It was great to see L.A. City and L.A. County Fire, L.A. City Police and L.A. County Sheriff’s and CAL Fire coordinate their strategies! The scoopers did a great job laying down water and fire retardant!

    Also, local media did a great job on reporting! The network stations also deserve credit for NOT switching to the New York a.m. shows – and stayed local! I think their hands were forced as the 5, 210 and 118 freeways were shutdown – and area schools/colleges and some entire school districts (Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Fillmore) cancelled classes on Friday. Traffic was a disaster in the West San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and Moorpark.


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