AmaWaterways Reopens HQ After Fires Forced Closure

The Getty Center is covered in smoke as the Getty fire burns. // Photo by AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez via Newscred

The California wildfires forced AmaWaterways to close its headquarters Monday, reopening this morning, and a number of airlines have issued new change waivers due to the situation. 

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, AmaWaterways said it was forced to close its headquarters, located in Calabasas, on Monday due to service interruptions and evacuations taking place as a result of the wildfires in Los Angeles County. A spokesperson for the river cruise line tells Travel Agent that the headquarters had reopened and everything was back to normal as of Tuesday morning. 

Windy and dry conditions are expected to persist Tuesday, according to USA Today, which could mean flare-ups for the Getty Fire in the Los Angeles area and the Kincade Fire in Northern California. Gusts could reach as high as 70 mph in the area of the Getty Fire, which is just 5 percent contained, and 50 mph in the area of the Kincade Fire, which has burned 74,000 acres in Sonoma County. That fire has reached 15 percent containment. Local utility PG&E has said it will cut off power to approximately 605,000 customers Tuesday and Wednesday to reduce the risk of further fires. 


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A number of airlines have issued flight change waivers due to the situation: 

American Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through Burbank, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Ontario and Santa Ana / Orange County, California, through October 30 to rebook through November 2 between the same city pair in the original cabin (or pay the difference). Customers scheduled to fly through Santa Rosa through October 31 can rebook through November 4, in the original cabin and with the ability to change their origin or destination city within 150 miles. 

Customers on Delta scheduled to fly through Burbank, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Ontario or Santa Ana / Orange County through October 30 can rebook through November 2 with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date. 

United Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through Santa Rosa through October 31 to rebook through November 4 in the originally ticketed cabin and between the original city pair. 

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