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Gov. Newsom signs executive order extending prohibition of price gouging in communities recovering from 2020 wildfires

The executive order waives the time limitations on price gouging in 13 counties.
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, a firefighter rubs his head while watching the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif. Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres (6,250 square miles) this year — more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state. California fire officials said the state hit the astonishing milestone Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 with about two months remaining in the fire season. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday that would help communities hit by the devastating 2020 wildfires.

The executive order extends the state's prohibition on price gouging in 13 counties that were affected by last year's wildfires to September 22, 2021.

On September 25, 2020, Newsom issued an executive order that prohibited price gouging in those counties and then extended those protections on March 24, 2021.

"Recovery from the 2020 wildfires is well underway, but the circumstances necessitating protections against price gouging continue to exist in many areas impacted by these fires, and these circumstances are expected to continue as communities continue to recover from the wildfires," the executive order reads.

The counties affected by this executive order:

  • Butte
  • Napa
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sonoma
  • Fresno
  • Lassen
  • Mendocino
  • Monterey
  • Shasta
  • Siskiyou
  • Solano
  • Trinity
  • Tular

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