A recent Yellowstone National Park 4-acre fire was ignited by a concessions employee who dropped a lit cigarette on the ground. After an Aug. 6 court appearance the man has received a jail term.
Curtis J. Faustich, a seasonal worker, confessed that while sitting at a picnic table near the Park’s North Entrance, his action started the fire on July 26. The blaze broke out on grass and sage that evening between the gate and the Gardner River.
Faustich was charged with “discarding a lighted material in a hazardous manner.”
After Faustich pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center at Mammoth Hot Springs, he was sentenced to three months in jail, a $5,000 restitution fine, two years of unsupervised probation and a two-year ban from the Park.
Law enforcement officers also issued a thank you to people who called the Park’s tip line.