- August 9, 2019

Man Who Caused A Yellowstone Fire Sentenced

by Jackson Hole Radio News
  • At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, a human-caused fire spread through the grass and sage between the North Entrance Station and the Gardner River. It was contained at approximately 4 acres.
  • An investigation of the blaze led to charges for discarding  lighted material in a hazardous manner.
  • Curtis J 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.
  • Faustich appeared Tuesday, August 6, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. While in court, Faustich pleaded guilty to the charge.
  • He was sentenced to three months of incarceration, $5,000 in restitution, and  two years of unsupervised probation
    • Prohibited from entering Yellowstone National Park for two years.
  • Park law enforcement officers sincerely thank the individuals who called the park’s 24-hour Tip Line at 307-344-2132 and provided timely incident details.