Hwy 299 to Open Multiple Times Today

Hwy 299 which has been closed because of a wildfire around the town of Helena in Trinity County will be open at select times today, according to Caltrans. Here is their press release:

Anticipated Openings with Traffic Control in Area of Helena Fire: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 ONLY
State Route 299W – Between Junction City and Big Flat
REDDING – Caltrans District 2, in coordination with the Shasta-Trinity Forest Service, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, and Trinity County Department of Transportation anticipate the following highway openings tomorrow, September 4, 2017 on State Route 299W in the area of the Helena Fire:
SINGLE-TIME OPENINGS ANTICIPATED AT:
· 5:30 a.m.
· 9 a.m.
· 12 p.m.
· 3 p.m.
· 5:30 p.m.
· 9:30 p.m.
THIS SCHEDULE IS FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 ONLY. FOLLOWING THE 9:30 P.M. ANTICIPATED OPENING, THE HIGHWAY WILL BE CLOSED OVERNIGHT.
Eastbound and westbound traffic IN LINE at these times will be allowed through the area under traffic control, depending on fire activity and operations. Motorists are also asked not to stage in the area early. Please arrive at the highway closure areas within 15 – 20 minutes of the scheduled opening times. Traffic arriving in these areas too far in advance will be turned around and directed to find another place to wait.
PLEASE NOTE:
· These openings are for THROUGH TRAFFIC ONLY. All areas under evacuation orders remain closed.
· The highway is subject to closure AT ANY TIME due to fire conditions. Travelers are urged to drive slowly and carefully through the area. Visibility may be decreased due to smoke and fire crews and equipment will be present in the area.
· Motorists are strongly advised to continue using alternative routes. State Route 36 is open with no traffic control until Tuesday September 5, when regular construction road closures will resume between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. and again between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
State Route 299W has been closed between Junction City and Big Flat since the Helena Fire began on the evening on August 30. The fire is currently at 7,440 acres, with 6% containment, per the fire briefing this morning.
Agencies will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates as they become available.
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