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Reality Sets In For Fawn Fire Evacuees In Shasta County

REDDING (CBS13) — The flames and smoke of the Fawn Fire were impacting thousands in Shasta County, but as the evacuation orders went out, reality set in. “Talking about it makes it more real, I think,” said evacuee Shellene Croxton. Croxton let out an uncomfortable and anxious laugh, which is all some can get out when they see flames heading toward their home. And according to Cal Fire, this may not be an accident. Employees working near the J-F Shea and Mountain Gate Quarries reported seeing a woman trespassing at the property and acting irrationally. They say they saw 30-year-old Alexandra Souverneva walk...
SHASTA COUNTY, CA
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Fire crews battling Fawn Fire as winds calm Friday

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Firefighters continue to rush for full containment on the Fawn Fire in Shasta County. Up Bear Mountain Rd., fire crews are making their way to the head of the fire. The wind blew the fire from 50 acres to more than 5,000 acres within a 24-hour...
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UPDATE: Thousands Forced To Flee Fawn Fire; New Evacuations Ordered South Of Shasta Lake

REDDING (CBS SF) — A growing army of firefighters battled the advancing flames of the Fawn Fire northwest of Redding Friday morning, less than 24 hours after homes burned and cherished memories were turned to ash in what authorities believe is an intentionally set blaze. Cal Fire provided an update on the fire Friday morning, saying it had grown to 5,850 acres and was 10% percent contained. New mandatory evacuation orders were issued by the Shasta County Sheriff at 11:30 a.m. Friday that covered all roads east of Interstate 5 and north of Old Oregon Trail covering the area north to Shasta...
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Palo Alto Woman Alexandra Souverneva Accused Of Starting Fawn Fire In Shasta County

SHASTA COUNTY (CBS13) – Palo Alto woman Alexandra Souverneva is suspected of lighting a fire near where the Fawn Fire started, Cal Fire announced on Thursday. Employees working near the JF Shea and Mountain Gate Quarries reported seeing a woman trespassing at the property and acting irrationally.  Later in the day, authorities believe that the same woman, 30-year-old Palo Alto resident Alexandra Souverneva, emerged from the brush near the fire line and approached fire crews for help.  Souverneva is now accused of starting the fire, although it is unclear how. She has been arrested and is facing arson to wildland charges. 
SHASTA COUNTY, CA
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Gov. Newsom signs bill to help landowners keep properties safe from wildfires

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KGPE) – Gov. Gavin Newsom was in Tulare County Thursday touring the KNP Complex along with signing Assemblyman Jim Patterson’s bill. The legislation allows landowners to sell lumber they remove while clearing defensible space without having to pay a timber harvesting fee. Patterson said it’s a savings...
TULARE COUNTY, CA
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California utility charged with manslaughter in wildfire that killed 4

A California utility company has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a wildfire that killed four people last year, state prosecutors said Friday. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced the charge against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in a news conference ahead of the one-year anniversary of the start of the Zogg Fire.
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Explosive Fawn Fire destroys more than two dozen homes

Updates: See Cal Fire's Shasta-Trinity Unit Twitter feed. Evacuations: Visit the Shasta County Sheriff's Twitter feed. Map: Find an evacuation map at ZoneHaven. A California wildfire, located 225 miles north of San Francisco near Redding, spread wildly Thursday afternoon. Winds pushed flames from a remote canyon into a highly populated area east of Interstate 5, triggering a flurry of evacuations with thousands of Shasta County residents leaving their homes.
SHASTA COUNTY, CA
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Therapy Dogs Provide Comfort for Inland Empire Firefighters

It's the first day on the job for therapy dog Henry, but it's not his first time around the block. Henry has been dispatched to everything from plane crashes to major fires, and mudslides. Now this fluffy 95-pound golden retriever is an official member of Cal Fire Riverside County Fire...
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Woman Who Was ‘Acting Irrationally’ Arrested for Alleged Arson After Emerging From Raging Wildfire

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of being the arsonist behind the explosive Fawn Fire in Northern California. At least 4,000 people have been forced to evacuate by the wind-whipped fire near Redding after it spread to 5,500 acres and destroyed dozens of buildings. In a statement, Cal Fire confirmed it believes the fire was started intentionally by a woman—identified as Alexandra Souverneva of Palo Alto—who was allegedly spotted “trespassing” and “acting irrationally” by staff at a nearby quarry shortly before the fire began Wednesday. That night, Cal Fire alleges that Souverneva “walked out of the brush near the fire line and approached firefighters stating she was dehydrated and needed medical treatment.” She was then interviewed officers who subsequently arrested her and recommended charges of “arson to wildland.” She has been booked into a Shasta County jail.
REDDING, CA
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