United Issues Change Waiver Over Kincade Fire

A line of fire snakes along a hillside as firefighters light backfires to slow the spread of the Kincade Fire in unincorporated Sonoma County, CA. // Photo by AP Photo/Noah Berger via Newscred

United Airlines has issued a change waiver due to the Kincade wildfire in northern California

United customers scheduled to fly through Santa Rosa, CA, through October 31 will be able to rebook through November 4 in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the original city pair. The original ticket must have been purchased by October 26. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Kincade Fire has burned approximately 54,000 acres in northern California, and it was just 5 percent contained as of late Sunday – down from 10 percent earlier in the day. BART trains in the San Francisco area are still running, although escalators at some stations aren’t working due to power shut-offs by the area’s energy supplier, PG&E. Elevators at those stations remain in service. A number of area schools have also closed. 

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that evacuation orders have been expanded to nearly 200,000 residents of Sonoma County, the largest in the county’s history. 

CBS News reports that hurricane-force winds in the area on Sunday contributed to the spread of the blaze, prompting California Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide emergency. There is expected to be a break in the winds Monday, but they are forecast to pick pack up again Tuesday and Wednesday, with guests of 60 to 70 mph in northern California and gusts as high as 75 mph in southern California. 

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