WASHINGTON — Travel restrictions in the state of Indiana have been lifted for the first time in two weeks, allowing people traveling from California, Hawaii and other states to visit the state for the foreseeable future.
The restrictions are in place because of the state’s two wildfires, one in Los Angeles County and another in southern Indiana, said Capt. John Coughlin of the Indiana State Police.
The state has more than 400 wildfires burning in Southern Indiana.
All of them have burned more than 1,000 acres, or about two-thirds of the total land area of the entire state.
The fires have killed more than 10,000 people and damaged more than 7,000 structures.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the restrictions were lifted at 3:45 p.m.
Monday, less than an hour after the Indiana state police announced they had lifted the travel restrictions from Los Angeles to San Diego.
The department had not announced an exact date for the lifting of the restrictions.
Coughlin said the state has been working to get people out of the region.
We will continue to provide support for those that need it, he said.
The Indiana Department of Emergency Management and Public Safety said the travel restriction will remain in effect for one more flight from the Los Angeles area, which is about 150 miles (250 kilometers) southeast of Indianapolis.
The state also announced Tuesday that flights from San Diego to San Francisco will remain closed until at least 7 p.s.m., and those from Denver to Chicago will remain shut until at noon.
In California, flights from Los Vegas to Las Vegas are suspended while the State Fire Marshall’s Office investigates the fires.
The Los Angeles fire has killed eight people, injured 17, destroyed more than 200 homes and damaged thousands of homes and businesses, authorities said.
Gavin Newsom said he is relieved the restrictions are lifted.
The governor said he expects the state to be able to reopen to the public in the next few days.
In addition to California, the National Guard has been deployed to Southern Indiana to help fight the wildfires.
Indiana has about 1,100 active military personnel and 1,400 National Guard members on standby, Coughlins said.