Earlier this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 9, Caltrans workers discovered a “suspicious package in a ditch near Johnstonville Quality Foods,” according to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. In response, the LCSO and the California Highway Patrol “blocked off” a section of Highway 395 between Johnstonville Road and the Susan River Fire Hall. Traffic was diverted and nearby businesses were evacuated.
About 3 p.m. according to the LSCO Facebook page, “Highway 395 East is now open. Businesses that were evacuated can reopen. Details of this incident will be released at a later time. Thank you to the California Highway Patrol, CalTrans and the Washoe County Consolidated Bomb Squad for their assistance.”