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3 months in jail for man who started North Entrance fire at Yellowstone National Park

Faustich also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution
Posted: 10:24 PM, Aug 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-08 00:24:14-04
3 months in jail for man who started North Entrance fire at Yellowstone National Park

A Yellowstone National Park seasonal employee pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to starting a recent fire at the Park's north entrance.

Around 6 p.m. on July 26, a four-acre fire spread from the North Entrance Station to the Gardner River.

According to a YNP press release, Curtis J. Faustich admitted to dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at a picnic table and starting the fire.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman sentenced Faustich to three months incarceration and two years of unsupervised probation. He must also pay $5,000 in restitution and is prohibited from entering Yellowstone for two years.

Park officials thanked those who called the park’s 24-hour Tip Line at 307-344-2132 and provided timely incident details.