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Calif. woman arrested in connection with starting Fawn Fire

Firefighter Ron Burias battles the Fawn Fire as it spreads north of Redding, Calif. in Shasta County, on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

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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.

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