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Police arrest woman suspected of starting brush fire with flare

Fremont police have arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with a June 23 brush fire that prompted the evacuation of about 30 residents in the hills above Niles.

Crews responded about 10 p.m. to the fire in the hills east of Mission Boulevard near Nichols Road, which threatened about a dozen residences and structures but was confined to vegetation.

Police say witness statements and evidence collected at the scene have led them to believe the fire was a result of an argument between a man and woman that led the woman to fire a flare from a pellet gun that missed its target and set vegetation ablaze behind Belvoir Springs in the 36900 block of Mission Boulevard.

The suspect, later identified as Christina Haller, fled into the hills, police said. The pellet gun was recovered at the scene. A warrant for Haller was issued June 24 and she was arrested by Mountain View police on Wednesday. Haller is scheduled Tuesday for her first court appearance on counts of corporal injury to a person she was in a prior dating relationship with, assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully causing a fire.

Police encourage anyone with information about the case to contact investigators at (510) 790-6900 or email Anonymous tips can be sent by text to 888-777 or online at

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