Airlines Extend Travel Waivers as Another California Fire Erupts

A firefighter monitors a wildfire burning along a hillside in Malibu, CA.
A firefighter monitors a wildfire burning along a hillside in Malibu, CA. // Photo by AP Photo/Jae C. Hong via Newscred

Airlines have extended their travel waivers as the wildfires in California continue, with the Camp Fire now being named the deadliest in the state’s history.

According to NPR, the Camp Fire in northern California became the deadliest in the state’s history when investigators discovered the remains of six more people, bringing the fire’s death toll to at least 48. Additionally, as of Wednesday morning, another, fast-moving fire has begun in San Bernadino County, which is approximately 55 miles east of Los Angeles.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Camp Fire in northern California and the Woolsey Fire in southern California have prompted federal officials to declare a public health emergency in the state to provide healthcare service providers with “greater flexibility” in assisting survivors of the two fires. Additionally, President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster for Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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A number of airlines have issued updated travel waivers in response to the situation:

American Airlines has issued a travel waiver for customers flying through Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco through November 16. Customers can rebook through November 25 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

On United Airlines, travelers set to fly through November 16 can rebook through November 25 in the originally ticketed cabin and between the original city pair.

Finally, customers on Southwest Airlines scheduled to fly through November 20 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair.

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