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

Travel Alert October 2019: Saddleridge Fire Affects Southern California

If southern California is 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 at least one fatality and one injury were the result of a wildfire which is only 13 percent contained.

Travel Alert October 2019: Saddleridge Fire Affects Southern California

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties — as well as Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley — through 6:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Saturday, October 12, 2019; and a red flag warning remains in effect for San Gabriel Valley through 6:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time today, Friday, October 11, 2019.

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 have been hampering efforts by firefighters to contain what is known as the Saddleridge Fire, which has only been active for one day but has already consumed 7,542 acres. Only 980 acres of this fire are estimated to be contained; yet at least 25 homes have already been burnt.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for residents of approximately 23,000 domiciles; the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park was forced to close; and several highways are already inaccessible.

This message — which was posted at the official Twitter account of the headquarters of Los Angeles Police Department — advises everyone to “take this fire seriously!”

The Public Information Officer of the Orange County Fire Authority has issued a similar message at its official Twitter account.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If southern California is 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this wildfire:

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this wildfire as it continues to burn out of control.

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.

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