UPDATE: Highways 70 and 395 now open

UPDATE 5 p.m. Both highways are open but the California Highway Patrol advises caution due to heavy rain.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that Highway 70 eastbound remains closed near Vinton, and Highway 395 is closed in both directions at Hallelujah Junction. Officers are working to route stranded westbound motorists through the area. It’s hoped that approaching rains will douse the flames and the highways can be reopened soon. Multiple accidents were reported in the area, but there are few details available at this time.