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Carlsbad police arrest man connected to starting brush fire near Buena Vista Lagoon

David Prosser, a 59-year-old man from Carlsbad was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and arson.

CARLSBAD, Calif. —  

The Carlsbad Police Department has arrested a man connected to a vegetation fire near the Buena Vista Lagoon that burned ten acres and prompted evacuations.

Carlsbad police said witnesses told officers that a man was seen lighting an object and throwing it into an area of brush to catch on fire. 

"While searching the area for the suspect, officers located a subject matching the description of the suspect a short distance from the crime scene," said Carlsbad police.

David Prosser, a 59-year-old man from Carlsbad was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and arson. After police located Prosser he was later identified as the man seen starting the fire. 

The Carlsbad Police Department announced that the fire was contained at about 2 p.m. Saturday with no structures damaged.

"Please continue to stay clear of the area while we finish up," police tweeted. "We will let you know when the roads reopen."

Fire crews from multiple agencies battled the fire starting at 1:15 p.m. around the Buena Vista Lagoon in Carlsbad. Crews from the Carlsbad Fire Department responded to the area of State Street, Laguna Drive and Buena Vista Circle.

Out of an abundance of caution, authorities evacuated residences on Buena Vista circle, Kremeyer Circle and Laguna Drive near the lagoon.

The Oceanside Police Department, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol also helped firefighters in the effort.

The public was advised to avoid the area. Police said Carlsbad Boulevard into Oceanside was impacted and drivers should choose an alternate route.

A helicopter scooped up water from the lagoon and dropped it on hot spots at 1:41 p.m., officials said.

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