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Court Finds Woman Accused Of Sparking Fawn Fire Fit To Stand Trial

A criminal case can now proceed against the woman accused of starting the Fawn Fire. At a court appearance Thursday, 31-year-old Alexandra Souverneva was declared competent to stand trial. She’s accused of intentionally starting the Fawn Fire in the Mountain Gate area on the evening of September 22nd. 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. At a court appearance in October a judge appointed two psychologists to evaluate Souverneva and report back on their findings. Those reports were submitted to the court in November, with both doctors declaring Souverna unfit for trial. The defense and prosecution both agreed and in December a judge ordered her to be placed in a locked mental facility to begin competency training. Last month Souverneva’s lawyer, former Tehama County DA Gregg Cohen, requested and was granted another psychological evaluation for her. She’s been declared fit for trial, but her next court appearance won’t until September, when a plea disposition and preliminary hearing will be held.