AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage issued the third limited emergency proclamation on Saturday to again extend the hours heating fuel transport and delivery trucks can operate.

The governor’s proclamation waives U.S. Department of Transportation rules and extends the hours of service for heating fuel transport and delivery trucks in Maine for three weeks, starting Sunday and extending to Feb. 8.

LePage said in a Saturday press release that he decided to extend the civil emergency, which first went into effect on Dec. 13, because cold weather was returning to the state.

In December the governor said frigid temperatures and a propane shortage were the reasons for the first emergency proclamation.

The extension of hours is “to ensure that no one is left in the cold,” the press release said.