California wildfires 2018
Source: Map data ©2018 Google, INEGI via Caltrans.

Update: California Wildfire Travel Waivers Extended 2018; Hotels Offering Accommodation to Displaced Residents

As the deadliest wildfires in the history of the state of California continue to ravage thousands of acres, the travel waivers which have already been issued by airlines have been extended — as well as more airports have been added to the travel waivers — and if your travel plans have been affected, you need to know about them.

Update: California Wildfire Travel Waivers Extended 2018

Cited as the most destructive wildfire in the history of the state of California, the Camp wildfire in Butte County has already consumed a minimum of 149,500 acres, killed at least 76 people, and destroyed greater than 12,600 structures — many of them in the ironically-named town of Paradise, which was burnt to little more than ruins by the fire. At least 1,275 people are currently missing at the time this article was written; and an additional 15,500 structures are currently being threatened by this wildfire, which is now 60 percent contained — but that does not mean that this area of California is out of the woods yet by any stretch of the imagination.

Meanwhile, the Woolsey wildfire northwest of Los Angeles — which was completely out of control at zero percent containment when I reported on it in the last article I wrote about it on Saturday, November 10, 2018 — is now 88 percent contained and is 96,949 acres in size. It is responsible for the deaths of at least three people and the destruction of greater than 1,130 buildings.

In addition to the interruptions in logistical efforts to contain the wildfires and mitigate further destruction, heavy smoke continues to permeate the air — enough to interfere with all modes of travel and significantly degrade the quality of the air itself to the point of adversely affecting the health of people who have respiratory issues.

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 propertiesSouthern California also suffered from wildfires back in December of 2017.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to areas of California which are affected by wildfires, 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the wildfires:

Hotels Offering Accommodation to Displaced Residents

According to the official Internet web site of West Hollywood Marketing Corporation, the following hotel and resort properties are offering special accommodations to displaced residents — and please click on the name of the hotel or resort property for additional information:

  • Andaz West Hollywood
    • Pet fees waived
    • Contact the hotel property directly and identify as affected guest at 323-656-1234
  • The Chamberlain West Hollywood
    • Offering 15 percent off Best Available Rate — subject to availability
    • Complimentary parking
    • Contact the hotel property directly and identify as affected guest at 310-657-7400
  • La Peer Hotel
    • Stay at Kimpton La Peer and receive a night on us — when you book two nights, the third night will be complimentary with this special offer
    • No pet fees, and will waive roll away bed fees upon request based on rollaway availability
  • The London West Hollywood
    • Offering 10 percent off of the Best Available Rate — subject to availability
    • Contact the hotel property directly and identify as affected guest at 310-854-1111
  • Ramada Plaza West Hollywood
    • Discounted stay durations of a minimum of two nights
  • The Standard, Hollywood
    • Availability starting Sunday, November 18, 2018 from $195.00 per night
    • Book your reservations by calling the hotel property at 323-822-3107 or by clicking on the link above


JetBlue Airways and Sun Country Airlines have removed their travel alerts for California; but do not be surprised if they return with new travel waivers.

You can help people who are adversely affected by the wildfires through reputable charitable organizations.

No rain is in the forecast for at least the next week in northern California and at least two weeks in southern California for the areas affected by the wildfires — but cooler temperatures have been 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 ©2018 Google, INEGI via Caltrans.

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