A California woman has been arrested by authorities on suspicion of starting the state’s 6,820-acre Fawn Fire.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett said that 30-year-old Alexandra Souverneva of Palo Alto, Calif. had been found with an operable lighter in her pocket.
“We received the [CAL FIRE] report yesterday and today we announce that we have filed felony arson charges against her not only for arson but also for committing an arson during a state of emergency. The maximum penalty that she currently faces is nine years in state prison,” she said.
The investigation into the incident is still underway, though Bridgett noted that additional charges are likely and that Souverneva may be linked to other fires in the county and other fires and charges statewide.