Crews make quick work of small fire at lagoon

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A wildfire scorched about two acres of marshland at the Buena Vista Lagoon before ground crews and a helicopter brought the blaze under control Wednesday morning.

Buena Vista Lagoon fireWhen fire crews from Oceanside and Carlsbad arrived at the lagoon in the 2100 block of South Coast Highway at about 5:30 a.m., 30-foot flames lept from the dry reeds and the fire was spreading toward homes, officials said. Crews set up between the flames and the homes and quickly stopped the spread toward the structures.

Firefighters had trouble reaching the flames burning farther from shore, so they called in a helicopter from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The chopper dropped several loads of water on the flames. Crews contained the blaze just before 8 a.m. and were mopping up hotspots.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but officials said that it may have been started by homeless people camping at the edge of the lagoon.

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