>> Thousands of people were evacuated today, with many more required to prepare to flee after a devastating wildfire swept through a drought-prone forest in far northern California.

“arson to wildland.”Alexandra Souverneva

Alexandra Souverneva was taken to the Shasta County Jail on Thursday for questioning on suspicion of “arson to wildland.”

The fire in the Mountain Gate area north of the city of Redding stretched for more than 9 square miles and was 10 percent contained, according to California’s Department of Forestry and Firefighting, or Cal Fire.

Officers spoke to Cal Fire and police but concluded that he was responsible for the fire, the officials said.

The historical drought associated with climate change, has made action against wildfires more difficult.

At least 25 have been destroyed so far.

California blazes have burned 3,671 square miles so far this year, destroying more than 3.200 homes, businesses and other structures.

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Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017. (wikipedia)


2021 California wildfires

The 2021 California wildfire season is an ongoing series of wildfires that have burned across the state of California. As of September 23, 2021, a total of 7,618 fires have been recorded, burning 2, (wikipedia)


2020 California wildfires

The 2020 California wildfire season, part of the 2020 Western United States wildfire season, was a record-setting year of wildfires in California. By the end of the year, 9,917 fires had burned 4,397, (wikipedia)

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August Complex fire

The August Complex was a massive wildfire that burned in the Coast Range of Northern California, in Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, Trinity, and Shasta Counties. (wikipedia)


Shasta County, California

Shasta County, officially the County of Shasta, is a county in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 177,223. The county seat is Redding. (wikipedia)


California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The State of California’s agency responsible for fire protection in State Responsibility Areas of California totaling 31 million acres, as well as the administration of the state’s private (wikipedia)


Carr Fire

The Carr Fire was a large wildfire that burned in Shasta and Trinity Counties in California, United States. The fire burned 229,651 acres , before it was 100% contained late on August 30, 2018. (wikipedia)