A 30-year-old California “shaman” faces possible imprisonment of nine years for causing one of the California wildfires while she was boiling bear urine to drink.
Government prosecutors charged Alexandra Souverneva for allegedly sparking the Fawn Fire, which has destroyed 41 homes and 90 smaller structures and is threatening 2,340 others.
Sources said Souverneva is now tagged as a suspect also in starting other fires across the Golden State.
Based on court documents, the accused denied the charges.
Souverneva said she’d been hiking and trying to get to Canada.
She got thirsty while walking and had come across a puddle of what she believed to be bear urine — and tried to make a fire to boil it.
She found it was “too wet for the fire to start,” so she downed the water that she thought was animal urine and continued on her way.
However, Souverneva got trapped in the brush amid the inferno and had to call the fire department to help her.
Cal Fire officer Matt Alexander revealed when she was asked to empty her pockets and fanny pack — which had CO2 cartridges, a cigarette lighter and an item “containing a green, leafy substance she admitted to smoking that day.