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Suspect arrested in connection with Risner fire

Fullerton police arrested Paul Munoz, 56, on suspicion of setting the fast-moving brushfire that blazed through La Habra and Fullerton Tuesday afternoon.

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56-year-old Paul Munoz of Fullerton was arrested Wednesday morning by Fullerton police in connection with the Risner fire.
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The Fullerton resident was detained Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. after questioning by investigators, according to Fullerton police.

Munoz’s arrest was made based on information from a preliminary investigation prior to the fire.

Investigators believe a transient encampment in the Coyote Hills area caused the blaze.

Munoz has been charged with negligent causing of a fire with injuries, police said.

The fire, which began shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly began at the intersection of Castlewood Drive and North Gilbert Street.

The blaze burned through 80 acres northwest of the intersection and has since then been 100 percent contained.

Two firefighters sustained injuries during the fight.

The investigation remains on-going and is being handled by the Fullerton Police Department Property Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Fullerton Police at (714)738-5336. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1(855)TIP-OCCS or visit





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