Amtrak ‘Surfliner’ service still suspended as California fires rage

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Amtrak No. 454 rolls a 'Pacific Surfliner' by the Thomas Fire at Emma Wood State Beach near Ventura before service was suspended north of Oxnard on Dec. 7.
Alex Gillman
LOS ANGELES – Wildfires in Southern California continue to disrupt Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service between Oxnard and San Luis Obispo on the Union Pacific Coast Line. At least six large fires are burning across the region, including the Thomas Fire, which as of Wednesday night had torched 238,000 acres, making it the fifth largest fire in state history.

Due to the fire’s proximity to the Coast Line, Amtrak has suspended or reduced all Pacific Surfliner service north of Oxnard since Dec. 7. On Wednesday evening, Amtrak officials said it was unclear when the route would reopen. “We will resume regular service north of Oxnard as soon as it is safe to do so for both passengers and Amtrak staff,” officials says.

Dry weather and stiff winds have fanned the flames through what is traditionally the state’s rainy season.

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