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Alleged Fawn Fire Arsonist To Be Mentally Evaluated After Court Hearing

The criminal proceedings have been delayed for the woman accused of starting the Fawn Fire. 30-year-old Alexandra Souverneva of Palo Alto is accused of intentionally starting the fire on the evening of September 22nd. She reportedly said she was trying to boil water containing bear urine to make it safe to drink. She said she was hiking to Canada. Her charges include arson to structures and forestland. She faces up to 9 years in prison, but that could increase as more charges are added. On Tuesday she had a plea disposition hearing scheduled, and a preliminary hearing had been set for Thursday. Souverneva’s new lawyer is Gregg Cohen, the former Tehama County District Attorney who is now in private practice. He appeared on behalf of Souverneva and declared doubt as to whether his client is competent to assist in her own defense. The court then appointed two psychologists to evaluate Souverneva and report back on their findings. A hearing is now set for November 16th. The Fawn Fire burned 8,578 acres and destroyed 185 structures. 3 firefighters were injured.