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Delta airlines to waive change fees caused by California's Caldor, Dixie wildfire threats

The threat of wildfires has forced one major airline to issue travel waivers for passengers forced to reschedule their trips.

Delta issued a press release Monday afternoon for flyers heading to Reno, acknowledging that the wildfires are "driving decreased visibility and impacting airport operations" to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. They have agreed to waive fare differences for flyers who need to re-book their flights.

It's the first acknowledgment by a major airline of significant impact on travel to and from Reno, Lake Tahoe and other major tourism destinations across the west caused by the spate of wildfires roaring through California and Nevada.

Travelers will have until Aug. 28 to rebook their flights in order to get the fare difference waived, and must choose "the same cabin of service as originally booked."

The airline also says that it "will continue to monitor the wildfires and make tactical adjustments as needed."

West Coast wildfires continue to affect an already-struggling travel industry. Last month, a spate of wildfires in California and Oregon delayed flights in cities as far out as Denver.

The Reno airport has also faced some delays due to increasing demand for jet fuel, particularly from helicopters used for firefighting.

This article originally appeared on SFGATE

Photo: Associated Press

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