UPDATE: Human-caused fire at Yellowstone’s North Entrance; Suspect pleaded guilty to starting fire, sentenced to three months in jail

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News Release

Place fireplace around North Entrance

Nationwide Park Service

Information Release Date: August 7, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • An investigation of the human-prompted fireplace at the North Entrance of Yellowstone Countrywide Park resulted in a suspect who was charged for discarding a lighted content in a hazardous manner.
  • Curtis J Faustich, a seasonal concessionaire worker in Yellowstone, admitted to dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at a picnic desk and igniting the hearth. 
  • Faustich appeared Tuesday, August 6, 2019, prior to U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Centre in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. Though in court, Faustich pleaded guilty to the charge. 
  • Sentencing integrated:
    • A few months of incarceration
    • $5,000 in restitution 
    • Two a long time of unsupervised probation
    • Prohibited from moving into Yellowstone National Park for two years
  • Park regulation enforcement officers sincerely thank the individuals who named the park’s 24-hour Suggestion Line at 307-344-2132 and presented timely incident details.
  • Pay a visit to PACER, Community Access to Court docket Digital Documents, for court docket-related files. 


  • At about 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, a human-brought about fire unfold by the grass and sage amongst the North Entrance Station and the Gardner River. It was contained at about 4 acres. 
  • For extra details, remember to read the July 27, 2019, information release. 

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