District Attorney Stephanie Bridget said Alexandra Sauvneva, 30, faces a felony charge of arson during a state of emergency. Officials said Souraneva could face up to nine years in state prison, though she could face more charges as the fire is still burning and the investigation is ongoing.
“We know that there is a potential for additional fires here in our county that may be linked to other charges in other fires across the state,” Bridget told a news conference Friday. “My office will not hesitate to prosecute (any) person who intentionally or negligently set fire.”
Officials said Sauroneva pleaded not guilty.
The district attorney’s office says she was appointed a public defender when she appeared in court on Friday. The county public defender’s office said it does not comment on any pending cases.
According to a legend written by a Cal Fire officer, Sauroneva was hiking to Canada on September 22 and was seen in the Mountain Gate community in northern California. She was told that she could not be on the property by the mine workers, but kept going.
Souravneva then felt thirsty and found a puddle of water in a dry creek, but the water allegedly contained urine, so she tried filtering the water with a tea bag, the official said.
“She said it didn’t work so she tried to start a fire to boil the water. She said it was too wet for the fire to start. She said she drank the water anyway and then continued to walk uphill from the creek bed.” kept,” the complaint read.
Souraneva got stuck in the brush and called the fire department, the complaint read. He was assessed for dehydration and then questioned by Cal Fire officials when he allegedly told them that he had tried to start a fire. Souraneva was taken into custody, the complaint read.
CO2 cartridges, a cigarette lighter and a “white substance consisting of a green leafy substance,” were found in Sovarnava.
Souraneva has bail of $150,000 and her next court appearance is on October 5.
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