The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Western Service Center issued a Regional Emergency Declaration effective September 10, 2020. On August 18-19, 2020, as a result of widespread wildfire activity and critical fire danger due to hot, dry windy conditions and dry thunderstorms, the Governors of the States of California, Oregon and Washington issued State declarations of emergency finding the conditions posed an imminent threat to the safety of persons and property. Because emergency conditions have not abated, FMCSA is extending the Emergency Declarations and associated regulatory relief. Affected States included in this Extension of the Emergency Declarations are: California, Oregon and Washington.
The emergency declaration waives hours-of-service requirements for those providing assistance to the affected states, including the delivery of fuel, equipment, and supplies.
The waiver is effective immediately and remains in effect for the duration of the emergency or until until 11:59 pm October 19, 2020. Drivers operating under the terms of the FMCSA Regional Declaration should keep a copy of the declaration in the vehicle.
The latest guidance on emergency declarations and waivers by the National Association of State Energy Officials is available here. Please direct any questions to or share new information with Sarah Reboli, Deputy Counsel, Regulatory Affairs.