Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on August 5 due to fires burning in Northern California. The declaration applies to Siskiyou County due to the Antelope Fire, and Nevada and Placer counties impacted by the River Fire.
The declaration orders: “All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all residents are to obey the direction of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.”
More details on Newsom’s order can be found here.
Today, Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert against price-gouging following Governor Newsom’s state of emergency for several counties in Northern California.
California law generally requires prices not be raised by more than 10% of what they were prior to the declaration of a state of emergency. The law applies to people selling food, emergency or medical supplies, building materials, and gasoline. Violations carry potential fines, penalties, or criminal prosecution.
More details on Bonta’s alert can be found here.