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Three Michigan Men Face Federal Charges For Fire At Isle Royale National Park

Smoke rises from a burnt hillside.
The 2022 Mount Franklin Fire burned approximately six acres.

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News Release Date: May 15, 2024

Contact: Liz Valencia, 906-369-7146

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten today announced that his office has filed federal charges against Dylan Kenneth Wagner, 29, of Grand Rapids, MI; Jason Arden Allard, 28, of Macomb, MI; and Scott Warren Allard, 30, of Clinton Township, MI. The men are charged with one count of lighting, tending, or using a fire causing damage to real property and one count of violating conditions established by the superintendent at Isle Royale National Park. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 6 months’ imprisonment, up to a $5,000 fine, up to 5 years’ probation, and mandatory restitution.       

“Some of America’s most stunning places are right here in Michigan, including Isle Royale National Park,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten. “These alleged crimes threatened the safety of park visitors, employees, and the ecosystem that sustains a rich diversity of life. We’re committed to protecting Isle Royale National Park and Michigan’s other national treasures for all to enjoy – today and for generations to come.”  

The charging documents allege that while in Isle Royale National Park on August 12 and 13, 2022, Wagner and the Allards camped north of the junction of the Mount Franklin and Tobin Harbor Trails. They camped illegally in an area too close to the trail and had a fire that was not in one of the metal rings or grills provided by the park. That fire caused the burning of park property and created a public safety hazard.

Established in 1940, Isle Royale National Park is a remote island archipelago in Lake Superior, set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the public and to preserve and protect its wilderness character, cultural and natural resources, scenery, and ecological processes. Additionally, as a unit of the national park system, Isle Royale National Park provides opportunities for recreation, education and interpretation, and scientific study. Information about Isle Royale and park-specific rules are available online through the National Park Service.  

This case was investigated by National Park Service law enforcement officers. The charges against Wagner and the Allards are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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Last updated: May 15, 2024

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