A 30-year-old girl from Palo Alto, California was arrested on allegations she ignited the Fawn wildfire close to Redding, a city greater than 250 miles away, after she was discovered trespassing within the space and “appearing irrationally.”
The girl, recognized as Alexandra Souverneva, was charged with arson to wildland on Thursday, in response to Cal Fireplace officers cited by an area CBS affiliate, whereas one other native outlet reported that she is now being held on $100,000 bail on the Shasta County Jail.
Employees at companies within the neighborhood the place the Fawn Fireplace erupted, simply north of Redding, mentioned they initially noticed Souverneva trespassing on personal land and behaving “irrationally” on Wednesday – the evening the hearth began. Cal Fireplace mentioned she later emerged from a wooded space looking for assist from responders, although it’s unclear why she is believed to have began the wildfire. In keeping with investigators, the lady sought medical assist and mentioned she was dehydrated. Redding is situated about 250 miles north of Palo Alto.
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Whereas some thriller nonetheless surrounds Souverneva’s arrest, conspiracy-minded on-line sleuths had been fast to level the finger at Moscow, suggesting the lady might hail from Russia resulting from her Russian-sounding title and thus ought to harbor sinister intentions by default. One netizen dug up a LinkedIn profile apparently created by Souverneva, noting that the lady listed herself as a Russian speaker – although omitted to say that she additionally claimed to talk German and Spanish along with English – and apparently was a PhD pupil in Environmental Chemistry. Her present title is listed as “shaman,” nevertheless.
Per Alexandra Souverneva's Linked In:
Native or bilingual proficiency"
So do we’ve a Russian setting wildfires within the US? https://t.co/6pW6oHiMMm
— fizzily🐐bizina🐐çiya (@fizzily1) September 24, 2021
A few of the BC fires that saved us (in AB) dwelling in smoke all summer season, had been intentionally set. I usually thought, 'hmm, I ponder in the event that they're Russians or non secular activists.' pic.twitter.com/1CY6LUhdQ0
— Barb☕TakeBreaksSpreadTruth😊SCIENCE is my faith (@barbetta1) September 24, 2021
If that is the lady who began the #fawnfire she's not dumb. One thing's very wronghttps://t.co/WMk5LYnPCZ
— ProMiBroⓋ (@mediamentality) September 23, 2021
Thursday’s arrest will not be the primary brush with the legislation for Souverneva. She was additionally charged with legal trespassing in Oregon earlier this month.
The Fawn Fireplace she is suspected of beginning has already burned 1,200 acres, with firefighters struggling to comprise it as of Thursday.
Throughout California, some 9,000 firefighters have been battling 10 wildfires that up to now this 12 months have scorched 3,671 sq. miles (9,507 sq. kilometers), burning a whole bunch of houses.
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