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Oceanside Man Arrested for Setting Brush Fire Along SR-78

Carlsbad CA— Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2018 at 4:24 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department and the City of Carlsbad Fire Department were called to the area of El Camino Real and the 78 east bound freeway on ramp for a report of a brush fire.

Multiple engines from the Carlsbad Fire Department, Vista Fire Department and the Oceanside Fire Department responded to the area and extinguished the fire.

The California Highway Patrol responded to assist due to reports of a male subject, possibly responsible for the brush fire, walking on the 78 freeway. Ultimately the male subject was taken into custody and was positively identified by witnesses on scene.

The subject was identified as Ray Kersey, a 39-year-old white male from Oceanside. Kersey was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for unlawfully causing a fire.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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