FREMONT (CBS SF) — A June brush fire in the Fremont hills that forced 30 residents from their homes was allegedly ignited by a flare fired off during a domestic dispute, authorities revealed Tuesday.

Fire crews responded about 10 p.m. on June 23 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.

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Investigators said 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.

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The suspect, 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 has been arrested by Mountain View police. She was scheduled 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 this week.

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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