13 OCT 2017: Smoke from wildfires is causing airline flights to be delayed or cancelled in Northern California. More than 80 flights were cancelled by late Thursday morning at San Francisco International Airport.

Airport spokesperson Doug Yakel said delays on other flights average 30 to 45 minutes. The Federal Aviation Administration said some arriving flights are delayed more than three hours.

Several flights were also cancelled at Charles M. Shulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, near the epicenter of fires in the wine country. Airport director Jon Stout advised United and Alaska each plan a flight later, and a Sun Country flight is expected if smoke is not too bad.

Wildfires have killed at least 23 people and destroyed more than 3,500 homes and businesses north of San Francisco.


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