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Update: Arson suspect arrested after weekend vegetation fire

By Shay Arthur
Evan Schreiber, eschreiber@bontencalifornia.com
Published On: Jul 06 2013 05:03:52 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 05:22:36 PM CDT
Suspect: Devin Paris, 45

Arson Suspect: Devin Paris, 45

MOUNTAIN GATE, Calif. -

A man has been arrested for allegedly starting a half-acre vegetation fire over the weekend.

Officials said the fire broke out a little before 2 p.m. on Saturday and was reportedly contained about 15 minutes later.

Devin Todd Paris, 45, was taken into custody by CAL FIRE officials a few hours later. Investigators said witnesses notified officials that they saw Paris walking away from the area, moments after the fire started.

Witnesses were able to provide a description of Paris, and officers found him at a nearby gas station on Old Oregon Trail and Holiday Road. Investigators said Paris allegedly confessed to starting the blaze. He was arrested.

The blaze was burning off of Interstate 5 just south of the Mountain Gate exit, briefly slowing traffic to one lane.

The Redding Fire Department said Paris is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of numerous vegetation fires that have sparked up in the north Market Street area of Redding. No physical proof has been gathered in these cases.

Fire officials said they have received several anonymous tips from the homeless community in the area that Paris is allegedly involved in starting those fires. They voiced their concerns to fire officials.

At this time, Paris has not been charged in any of those incidents.

Stay with KRCR News Channel 7 for the latest updates.