California’s spirit “has been tested but not broken” by wildfires: Beteta

SACRAMENTO — With its latest industry update Visit California and its partners are reminding inbound tourism markets that California is a vast state and that most regions, including the city of Los Angeles, are untouched by the wildfires and remain open for business.

Heading into U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, the state’s tourism board and its partners said it wants to extend its gratitude to the state’s fire service, first responders and the California communities that are banding together in support of regions affected by recent wildfires.

“We are immensely thankful for the heroism of our first responders, and for everyone – across California and around the world – who has shown support for the state during this difficult time,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “The Golden State’s unwavering spirit has been tested but not broken, in large thanks to the outpouring of California love.”

Visit California, together with leaders from California’s travel industry, encourages anyone who can provide support to affected communities to check out VisitCalifornia.com/recovery.

The Woolsey and Hill fires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are fully contained, reports Visit California.

In Northern California, the Camp Fire in Butte County is 70% contained and is not threatening population centres.

For the latest information on wildfires in the state, visit Calfire.ca.gov.

Visit California is also connecting travellers with the latest fire information through VisitCalifornia.com travel alerts and the WestCoastTravelFacts.org website.

Air quality across the state is improving. Industry partners and clients can visit AirNow.org to see updated air quality maps.

Meanwhile California’s gateway airports remain open, and flights across the state are operating normally. Major highways and travel corridors throughout the state are unaffected. For the latest road closure updates, check Caltrans.

Visit California adds: “Visit California’s first concern is always the safety and well-being of California residents and visitors. We recommend that visitors planning trips to affected areas consult their tour operator or hotel directly for the latest information.”