(AbsoluteNews.com) – California has been grappling with one of the most destructive fire seasons in years. According to CalFire, in 2021, the blazes have burned almost 2 million acres, damaged or destroyed more than 3,000 structures, and killed 1 person. Recently, police arrested a woman for starting at least one of the fires.
The district attorney’s office in Shasta County, California recently charged Alexandra Souverneva, 30, with a felony. The charge of arson comes with an enhancement of committing it during a state of emergency. The Palo Alto resident is accused of starting the Fawn fire, which began on September 22.
This is Alexandra Souverneva — 30-years-old.. She was arrested yesterday for starting the #FawnFire, per officials.
— Dylan Taylor Brown (@dylantbrown) September 24, 2021
Authorities say the woman, who calls herself a “Shaman,” was hiking to Canada when she grew thirsty. Souverneva told an officer she noticed a puddle on the ground that she believed contained bear urine. She decided to try to filter it through a teabag, but then attempted to boil it using fire, but it was allegedly too wet to start a blaze. She went ahead and drank the liquid anyway, then hiked until she saw smoke. At that point, she called the fire department.
Officers found Souverneva near the scene of the fire. They asked her to empty her fanny pack and pockets. That’s when they saw a lighter, a container with a “green leafy substance” inside that she said she smoked that day, and other items.
The Fawn fire has burned more than 8,500 acres, injured 3 firefighters, and destroyed more than 160 structures. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett told reporters police are investigating whether Souverneva was involved in other fires in the state as well. She faces up to nine years in prison.
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