UPDATE: Bond revoked for Rosepine man charged with negligent arson

Published 6:44 pm Monday, August 28, 2023

The bond for a Rosepine man arrested in connection with a large woods fire that resulted in the loss of two mobile homes, an undetermined amount of timber acreage and the mandatory evacuation of the area has been revoked.

Vernon Parish District Attorney Terry Lambright said the previous bond set for Paul Nash has been revoked and a hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 12 before 30th Judicial District Court Judge Anthony Eaves.

Nash was arrested on Thursday by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office following an investigation of a large fire in a wooded area near the Providence Community in Vernon Parish. Firefighters, Forestry Service personnel along with Vernon deputies arrested Nash for illegal burning in violation of the state wide burn ban, fire raising on the lands of another by criminal negligence and negligent arson.

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Negligent arson is a felony offense in accordance with Louisiana law, Lambright said.

His bond was originally set for $13,000. A motion to increase bond amount was filed Friday afternoon by 1st Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Lavespere. The motion was signed on Monday, revoking the bond amount.

“There is still a lot of information needed by our office in order to move forward with prosecuting this case; however, considering the current state that our parish is in regarding the drought and the rampant wild fires, I feel that this type of negligence simply cannot be overlooked,” Lambright said.