Arsonist accused of starting the Dolan Fire near Big Sur

August 21, 2020

Shortly after the start of the Dolan Fire near Big Sur Tuesday night, detectives arrested a Fresno man for allegedly causing the blaze.

The Dolan Fire has burned 8,500 acres and is 0 percent contained, as of Friday morning. The fire broke out at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday near Highway 1 in the John Little State Natural Reserve, approximately 10 miles south of Big Sure.

State parks personnel detained Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30, near the point of origin. Monterey County Sheriff’s detectives then arrived at the scene and arrested Gomez on charges of arson of forest lands.

Deputies booked Gomez in Monterey County Jail with his bail set at $2 million.

The arson investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has additional information about the case is asked to contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Investigations Division at (831) 755-3773 or (831) 755-3762.

Currently, the Dolan Fire is one of multiple large blazes burning in Monterey County. Smoke from Monterey County fires has been blowing into SLO County.

Additionally, Highway 1 remains closed between Ragged Point and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park because of the Dolan Fire.

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Surprisingly (and thankfully), this guy didn’t get released on 0 bail!

Big Sur weed wars. These pukes threw rocks at firefighters on the scene, too.

A few weeks ago a tree service inspector was stopped on a boobytrapped road and held at gunpoint.

Related? Who knows, but I wouldn’t be shocked if cartels were operating in the area.

Legal status please.

Penal code 451

A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property.

1 peso = .05 dollar

Why?…what was his motive?….

Rambunctious I believe according to sources this was same area where Davey Tree employee was approached by armed guards of a illegal Mary Jane grow …It is starting to look like when a grow is busted involving Mexican cartels that the grow area is then torched .Which could be why so many fires in Creston and California Valley

As if to say to authorities you take my grow I burn your land

Thank you…

Some people just want to watch the world burn.