PUSHMATAHA CO., Okla. – An Oklahoma Forestry Companies firefighter was injured Thursday whereas trying to extinguish a wildfire in Pushmataha County.
Officers say the firefighter was using a UTV to construct hearth strains when the car stopped working and the escape route was compromised by the rising flames.
The firefighter deserted the car and fled the blaze on foot, sustaining extreme burns within the escape.
He’s receiving remedy for second-and-third-degree burns at a trauma middle.
“Our ideas and prayers are with our firefighters and all of us within the OFS household are reminded of the inherent hazard confronted whereas working wildfires,” stated State Forester, Mark Goeller. “With the rising dry and sizzling situations, we should all be additional cautious with any actions which might begin a blaze. This incident is proof of the hazard wildfire presents to not solely firefighters however to the general public as effectively.”