Woman Accused Of Sparking Fawn Fire Appears In Court

A criminal case is proceeding against the woman accused of starting the Fawn Fire. 32-year-old Alexandra Souverneva was ordered to answer to charges during a preliminary hearing Thursday. She’s accused of intentionally starting the Fawn Fire in the Mountain Gate area on the evening of September 22nd, 2021. She reportedly said she was trying to boil water containing bear urine to make it safe to drink. The Fawn Fire burned 8,578 acres and destroyed 185 structures. 3 firefighters were injured. An initial psychological evaluation ordered by a judge had two doctors declaring Souverneva unfit for trial. She spent about 6 months in a locked mental facility for competency training. When she returned, her lawyer, former Tehama County DA Gregg Cohen, was granted another psychological evaluation for her after which she was declared fit for trial. She faces six felony arson counts and several enhancements. Her next appearance will be an arraignment on February 14th.