Deadly California Wildfires Prompt Hotel Evacuations, Closures

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Image from this summer's Santa Clarita wildfire in California

Deadly wildfires continue to rage in California, in both the northern and southern parts of the state, prompting widespread evacuations. The blazes have claimed the lives of 31 people so far.

The Camp Fire, burning north of Sacramento in Butte County, has been the deadlier of the two and has decimated the town of Paradise. All but two of the deaths thus far have occurred from this blaze, tying it for the deadliest in state history, and more than 200 people are still unaccounted for. As of press time, the fire was 25 percent contained.

The Woolsey and Hill fires are raging in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, respectively, in Southern California. According to Discover Los Angeles, a mandatory evacuation is in place for the city of Malibu and areas south of the 101 Freeway from the Ventura County line to Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road, southward to the ocean. Malibu hotels are closed, including the Four Seasons Westlake, Malibu Beach Inn and Nobu Ryokan.

An evacuation order for Agoura Hills was lifted Sunday night, allowing the Homewood Suites Agoura Hills  and Sheraton Agoura Hills to reopen.

Air quality is a concern in many areas surrounding the fires, and the situation is fluid on account of weather and wind. The three major U.S. airlines are waiving change fees this week for flights involving airports in Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco. Consult with United, American Airlines and Delta to confirm specific details.