The North Carolina Forest Service issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits in 25 mountain counties, including Cherokee County, as of yesterday until further notice. Cherokee County Commissioners supplemented the Forest Service directive to ban ALL outside burning in the county until further notice.
Today, Governor McCrory issued a Declaration of a State of Emergency, Executive Order No. 115, following the North Carolina Forest Service ban mentioned above regarding active wildfires in western North Carolina counties, including Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Clelveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancy. “This declaration will help facilitate evacuations as needed and provide further state assets to help combat the wildfires and support North Carolinians displaced by the fires. This is extremely dangerous work and I especially want to thank the firefighters, first responders, sheriffs and other emergency personnel that have risked their own lives to protect our citizens and property.”
Under the State of Emergency declaration, North Carolina’s price gouging law is in effect for the above referenced counties.
Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor.
Under the law, the Attorney General’s Office can put a stop to price gouging and seek refunds for consumers who paid too much. The courts may also impose civil penalties against price gougers of up to $5,000 for each violation.
For questions about price gouging, call the Consumer Protection Division toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
Get regular updates on wildfires at the Incident Information System site HERE.
Map showing the location of some of the wildfires in western
North Carolina and northern Georgia. Wildfire Today & MODIS
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