SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - On Friday, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced she will charge Alexandra Souverneva with felony arson for the Fawn Fire, Souverneva faces up to nine years in prison if convicted.
Police arrested Souvernva near where the fire started -- with a lighter. Prosecutors say she was not under the influence and is not considered mentally unstable.
The Fawn Fire is the 14th arson within CAL FIRE’s Shasta/Trinity Unit this year.
Souverneva is currently in custody. Several civilians reported that she was in the area where the fire began and that she was acting strangely.
Bridgett also said there is a high possibility that Souverneva is responsible for a separate vegetation fire that was started in Shasta Lake City the evening before the Fawn Fire started.
The other vegetation fire occurred on Sept. 21 at approximately 9 p.m. near the intersection of Cascade Blvd. and Shasta Dam Blvd. The Shasta Lake City Fire Protection District determined the cause of the fire to be arson.