FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration for Three Western States as Wildfires Rage On

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is extending its Emergency Declaration in order to speed disaster relief to three western states as wildfires continue to rage.

On Thursday, the FMCSA extended its previously issued Emergency Declaration and suspension of certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) including hours of service (HOS) rules for carriers directly providing relief to California, Oregon and Washington.




 

“This Extension of the Emergency Declarations addresses ongoing emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons and provides necessary relief,” the Declaration states.

The FMCSA’s Declaration will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 19, 2020, whichever is sooner

Meanwhile, the record-setting wildfires have torched more than 2.5 million acres so far.




 

The closures of significant stretches of dozens of interstates and highways along the west coast are creating major challenges for truckers and motorists alike.

Some truckers reportedly abandoned their big rigs along Interstate 5 in southern Oregon on Tuesday.

 

Evacuation orders have also forced the closures of some truck stops and fueling stations.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments.

 


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