California woman charged with arson in spreading Fawn Fire


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The fire forced the evacuation of thousands

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A California woman has been arrested by authorities on suspicion of starting the 6,820-acre Fawn Fire in the state.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridget said a powered lighter was found in the pocket of 30-year-old Alexandra Sovernava of Palo Alto, Calif.


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“We have received [CAL FIRE] Report yesterday and today we announce that we have filed serious arson charges against him not only for arson but also for committing arson during a state of emergency. She is currently serving a maximum sentence of nine years in prison.” He said.

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The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, although Bridget said additional charges are likely and that Sovereign could be linked to other fires in the county and other fires and charges across the state.

“This is still an ongoing investigation,” she said.

SFGate first reported on Thursday He county records Show Sovereign is being held on $100,000 bail. He was Not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

The fire, which Cal Fire Battalion chief JT Zullinger told reporters Friday, began at around 4:45 a.m. PT, was found deep in a remote valley on property accessed through the JF Shea and Mountain Gate mines.

In a press release from Cal Fire, the agency said that employees in the area near Fawndale Road, north of Mountain Gate, noticed a white female adult on Wednesday who was trespassing on property and acting irrationally. .

“At approximately 8:00 a.m. as firefighters engaged in fighting the fire, a woman, later identified as Alexandra Sauvneva, 30, of Palo Alto, Calif., pulled out of the brush near the fire line and contacted firefighters. . was dehydrated and required medical treatment. Sourneva was taken off the fire line and medically evaluated and treated,” the statement read.

Cal Fire then wrote, “Sovernava was then interviewed by Cal Fire law enforcement officers and information was gathered to lead key officials to believe that Sovereign was responsible for the fire. She was later arrested.” and booked into the Shasta County Jail.” Cal Fire will present its case to the Shasta County District Attorney’s office, recommending that Sowernava be charged with “arson in the wild.”

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Julinger said 14 arson arrests have been made in Shasta County this year and more than 100 statewide, noting that arsonists usually act on compulsion.

Palo Alto high school newspaper The Campanile reported Thursday That Sovarnava graduated from “Pali” in 2009 and taught students in chemistry and biology through AJ Tuition after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Forestry from the California Institute of Technology in 2012.

According to Sauravneva LinkedIn Profile, She worked as a part time tutor for AJ Tutoring in 2020.

fawn fire ok 10% vested and is one of several fires in the state of Golen, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)There are 67 active large fires burning across the West, including 10 in California.

Around 2,000 area residents Friday was placed under mandatory evacuation orders and another 7,400 were under evacuation alert, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Firefighter Ron Burrias battles the Fawn Fire on Thursday, September 23, 2021, in Shasta County, north of Redding, Calif.

About 9,000 structures were threatened by the Fon fire and more than 100 have already gone up in smoke.

firefighters hope That changing winds and cooler temperatures would aid their efforts.

More than 3,600 square miles of fires have burned so far in 2021, including more than 3,200 homes, commercial properties and other structures.

Droughts and record-breaking temperatures associated with climate change have made fighting the West’s wildfires harder, and scientists say climate change will make conditions more extreme and wildfires more catastrophic and destructive in the coming years. Will give

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