Sunday,  November 17, 2019  3:35 am

California "open for business" as fires brought under control


California "open for business" as fires brought under control

California is open for business and welcoming visitors as tourism operations return to normal, as this fall’s wildfires near containment.

An update regarding the fire situation issued by VisitCalifornia this week stated that “the affected regions of Sonoma County and west Los Angeles are returning to business as usual…. While fires of any size in populated areas are destructive, California’s visitor experience remains intact. Airports, roads, hotels, wineries and other attractions are open for business.”

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, this year’s fire season, while not as destructive as 2017 and 2018, consisted of 6,190 incidents which burned an estimated 198,392 acres, damaging or destroying 732 structures. Three fatalities have been confirmed as a result of the fires, the department said.

“California’s travel industry extends its deepest appreciation for the state’s fire service and first responders, whose heroic efforts have saved countless lives and businesses across the state,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “The quick progress firefighters have made is immensely encouraging – both for the thousands of travellers with plans to visit and the communities that rely on visitors to fuel their economies. Both Sonoma County and Los Angeles are quintessential California experiences for residents and visitors alike, and now is the time to visit. California is safe to visit, and travellers can access information about all Golden State destinations at VisitCalifornia.com.”

Travellers can access the latest fire information through VisitCalifornia.com travel alerts and WestCoastTravelFacts.org.


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