CAL FIRE identifies Fawn Fire arson suspect

This photo came from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department on Sept. 12 for trespassing.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested in connection to starting the Fawn Fire that has now burned 1,200 acres.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 1:30 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2021 10:13 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - CAL FIRE has identified the suspect in connection to starting the now 1,200-acre Fawn Fire.

CAL FIRE arrested 30-year-old Alexandra Souverneva of Palo Alto and is facing an arson to wildland charge.

Firefighters responded to the area of Fawndale Rd. north of Mountain Gate for a report of a vegetation fire.

Earlier in the day, employees in the area said they saw a white female trespassing and acting irrationally.

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At 8 p.m. when firefighters were fighting the Fawn Fire, they saw a woman walk out of the brush near the fire lines and approached the firefighters saying she was dehydrated.

Souverneva was taken from the fire lines and received medical attention. She was interviewed by CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers.

From information gathered, officers believed Souverneva caused the fire, according to CAL FIRE.

She was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.

The charges received by the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office will be enhanced due to the state of emergency in California due to wildfire danger.

Her bail is set at $100,000. 

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