California Wildfires Damage Sonoma Hotels, Disrupt Flights

Trees burn behind houses in a residential area in Santa Rosa, CA
Trees burn behind houses in a residential area in Santa Rosa, CA. // Photo by AP Photo/Jeff Chiu via Newscred

The deadly wildfires in California wine country have damaged at least two hotels and are disrupting air travel to the region.

According to a statement on its website, Fountaingrove Inn | The Steakhouse @ Equus fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County, and guests were subsequently evacuated. At this time we are unable to conduct business in any capacity. The hotel said it will post updates as further information becomes available.

The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country likewise says that it is temporarily closed due to wildfires. Those with questions can contact [email protected].

According to NBC News, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa and Sonoma counties, and asked for a federal declaration of a major disaster for the entire state. The fires have so far killed at least 11 people and destroyed approximately 1,500 structures. Over 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate, and officials say there have been over 100 missing persons reports.

Air Travel

SF Gate reports that all flights into and out of Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport were canceled or redirected Monday, although Napa County Airport was able to remain open.

JetBlue is advising customers that the 91 and 241 freeways in the Anaheim Hills area are closed in both directions.

American Airlines and United Airlines are offering customers traveling through Sonoma airport a fee waiver if they are scheduled to fly through October 10 and can rebook through October 13 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

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