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Man admits to setting 2-acre fire near Maverick’s Beach

A 58-year-old man suspected of starting a 2-acre grass fire after building a large peace sign near Maverick’s Beach was arrested Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

John Ivazes, of Moss Beach, was found lying on the ground near the blaze when Cal Fire, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies responded about 1:45 p.m.

The suspect had been seen earlier in the day constructing a peace sign out of pampas grass on the side of a hill near the Maverick’s Beach access trail, the sheriff’s office said.

Cal Fire Cal Fire crews shown here as they work to put out a 2-acre fire near Maverick’s Beach on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. John Ivazes, 58, of Moss Beach later admitted to setting the fire and was arrested.

Ivazes admitted igniting the fire, and witnesses told authorities that they saw him set the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.

No injuries were reported and the fire didn’t threaten any buildings.

Ivazes was booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility on suspicion of arson, with bail set at $10,000.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (650) 363-4911. Information can be provided anonymously by calling the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

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