At first glance, the image of the billows of smoke above it looks like something out of an apocalyptic horror film. Nonetheless, if the climate crisis has taught us something the last few months, that’s it Fire and smoke are unfortunately part of the new normal for the time being. So no, the picture above is not a film still: it is a real scene from the new fawn fire.
The fawn fire began in the Mountain Gate area near Redding City on Wednesday, which is off Interstate 5 about two and a half hours north of Sacramento. The fire was on Thursday more consumed than 5,000 hectares, 2,000 structures threatened, destroyed 25 structures, and requested the evacuation from 4,000 people in Shasta County. The situation has affected 30,000 people, with Sheriff Michael Johnson declared a local emergency early Thursday.
According to latest update From Cal Fire, the Fawn Fire burns in steep, rugged terrain, making it difficult for firefighters to contain. In addition, the department said windy conditions on Wednesday night resulted in the fire being discovered in many areas. The fawn fire is currently 5% contained.
Though a Cal Fire Shasta Trinity unit Spokeswoman said that Los Angeles times that the cause of the fire was still being investigated, said the department in a Message explanation that she had arrested a woman suspected of causing the fire.
Cal Fire identified the woman as Alexandra Souverneva, a 30-year-old from Palo Alto. Staff saw Souverneva invade and near the JF Shea and Mountain Gate quarries “act irrationally.” Cal Fire and other fire departments had gone to the area to answers to a reported vegetation fire near the mountain gate when they saw Souverneva walking out of the bushes near the line of fire. She told the firefighters that she was dehydrated and needed medical treatment, which she was receiving.
“Souverneva was then interviewed by CAL FIRE law enforcement officers and information was gathered that led the officers to believe that Souverneva was responsible for the cause of the fire,” the department said. “She was then arrested, then transported and booked into the Shasta County Jail.”
Cal Fire recommends that the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office indict Souverneva of arson in Wildlands, which will improve as California is currently in a state of emergency due to Forest fires.
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