Guilty plea in human-caused Yellowstone fire

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Curtis J Faustich pleaded guilty to starting a fire at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park last month.

The fire sparked on July 26 and burned approximately four acres. It closed the North Entrance Road for approximately 90 minutes.

Faustich, a seasonal concessionaire employee in Yellowstone, admitted to dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at a picnic table and igniting the fire. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center yesterday and pleaded guilty to the charge.

Faustich now faces three months of incarceration, $5,000 in restitution, and two years of unsupervised probation. He is also banned from the park for two years.


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