California is scrambling to find a solution to a massive freeway closure caused by wildfires that are closing off highways in the state.
FUELS LAKE, Calif.
— California Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel J. O’Malley said Thursday that there are now 4,904 people who have been re-routing to Highway 4 at the northern end of the state and the southern end at the southern border.
O`Malley said it is a difficult situation for the California Highway Division, which has to provide fuel and water to the Highway Patrol.
Highway Patrol officers are also making sure fuel is available in the counties where the closure has occurred.
Olamins highway patrol unit is in charge of the highway closures, Olamin said.
Olimins division is coordinating with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which is also in charge.
O�lamins division said it has received reports of “pockets of fuel left in fuel tanks” and has been asked to investigate.
Highway officials said Thursday morning that fuel will be available in areas along the northern and southern borders of the states border.
Highway 4 was closed from the north to the south of the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-San Francisco area, to provide crews with fuel.
In the Los Angles area, the highway was closed to vehicles in the area of Interstate 880 and I-10.
Oluins division also said it had been coordinating with other agencies in the northern part of the border, such as the California Peace Officers Association and the California Coast Guard.
Highway crews are also helping to maintain traffic flow on Interstate 10 near the coast.
Highway 40 in the San Francisco Bay Area was closed Thursday to traffic to allow crews to clear debris.
The California Highway Commission said the closure affects 1,200 miles of state highways and is expected to last for two days.
O”lamins road patrol unit has been assisting California Highway Police with the highway closure and will be working with other law enforcement agencies to assist Highway Patrol on the investigation, Olimin said in a statement.
The agency said Thursday it was taking the “necessary steps to prevent further harm to the state highway system.”
California Highway Patrol officials said the agency will assist California Highway Department with fuel availability.
California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the western part of California and ordered the Department of Water Resources to begin removing debris from Highway 4.
Officials said the highway will reopen in three to four days, with a temporary lane-opening in the case of snow and ice.