Thursday, October 21, 2021

California’s Fawn Fire continues to grow north of Redding

September 25 (WNN) — The large Fawn Fire north of Redding, Calif., has grown to 7,544 acres, burning more than 100 structures and threatening thousands.

The state’s fire agency, Cal Fire, said in its most recent update that the fire was only 10% under control since it began on Wednesday. So far, no death has been reported.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that nearly 4,000 residents have been evacuated and another 30,000 have been affected by the fire.

A local home and business owner, Jeremy Wright, told KCRA News that he had never had a fire so close to his property in the more than 20 years he lived in the area.

“We had every hose we could go through,” he told the television station.

Despite his efforts, he said he still lost three buildings. He was able to keep his big shop and said that he would be around to protect his house.

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As ABC 10 reports, Alexandra Sauvneva, 30, of Palo Alto, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of a fire. Sovarnawa was found trespassing and contacted firefighters to ask for water and medical help. After being taken to a local hospital, law enforcement interrogated him, leading officials to believe he opened fire.

Local prosecutors have recommended that he be charged with wildfire, which carries an increased penalty, the station reports.

Meanwhile, workers working to extinguish the fire are hopeful that the situation will turn in their favor over the weekend.

Cal Fire said winds will ease over the weekend and rain is likely from late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon.

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