California wildfires: Is it safe to travel to Los Angeles? Are flights still happening?
California wildfires have spread throughout the state, with the Thomas Fire hitting the neighbourhoods of Ojai, Carpinteria and Fillmore.
The fire has at present already burnt through 90,000 acres of land, and continues to rages.
Compulsory evacuation notices have been issues for Santa Paula, Ventura, Casitas Springs and Ojai Valley.
Further voluntary evacuation warnings have been issued for Carpinteria east of Bailard Avenue.
Venture Country Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian told local press: “It’s definitely moving.
“Forecasters were correct in terms of the wind forecast for tonight — it’s much windier than it was yesterday.”
Nearby residents are tweeting worried messages, including one user who wrote: “High winds are creating HELL ON EARTH in southern California.
“Please pray for rain, and for safety for residents, their pets, and all the courageous firefighters and rescue personnel, risking their lives, to save others.”
Is it safe to travel to LA?
LAX, the busiest airport in Los Angeles, has not yet tweeted any warning messages about the wildfires.
Long Beach Airport has also failed to mention anything about whether flights are cancelled or delayed.
However, nearby airport Hollywood Burbank have tweeted a messages warning passengers to check their flight status.
“The Airport is open and flights remain operational, although we remind passengers to check their flight status with their airline.”
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the #ThomasFire, the #CreekFire, the #RyeFire, & the #SkirballFire.”
Pacific Surfline, a US train service which travels through the region have also tweeted a series of warning messages.
“ALERT: Fire conditions have closed the railroad and highway between #Ventura & #SantaBarbara. Expect cancellations and service delays. Updates to follow.”
They also warn of train cancellations operating between LA, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
Delta Airlines have confirmed on Twitter that no flights are affected as of yet, stating: “At this time the California fires have not impacted flights.”
Southwest Airlines have advised customers to keep an eye on any travel updates: “W’re not planning on delaying or cancelling any flights, though it’s possible we may issue a Travel Advisory later.”
Hawaiian Air is waiving reservation change fees for passengers travelling to or from Los Angles for any flights booked from Wednesday to Monday.