UPDATED 5:03 PM PT – Friday, September 24, 2021
Authorities have recommended a woman be charged with arson in connection with starting the Fawn Fire in Northern California. Officials said as firefighters were battling the blaze near Redding on Wednesday, a woman was found trespassing in the area.
Workers at a quarry informed officials of a woman wandering the area of the fire. The woman, who has been identified as 30-year-old Alexandra Souverneva, approached firefighters and told them she was dehydrated and needed medical treatment.
Souverneva reportedly had a lighter in her pocket. She was treated and later interviewed by authorities who determined she started the blaze.
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The woman was arrested and booked in the Shasta County Jail. The Fawn Fire has scorched about 5,500 acres and was only 5 percent contained.