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Arrest made in connection with Big Sur fire

Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 00:33:25-04

A Fresno man is facing a charge of arson in connection with a wildfire that broke out Tuesday night in Big Sur.

According to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, California State Parks officials detained a man near the fire's point of origin in the John Little State Natural Reserve.

Sheriff's detectives responded and arrested Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30, on suspicion of arson of forest lands. His bail was set at $2 million.

The fire prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Lucia and Julia Pfeiffer State Park.