Woman severely burned at Old Faithful

A crowd watches Old Faithful Geyser erupt. A Rhode Island woman was burned at Old Faithful Thursday.

A crowd watches Old Faithful Geyser erupt. A Rhode Island woman was burned at Old Faithful Thursday. (Jim Peaco, National Park Service)



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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A 19-year-old Rhode Island woman was burned at Old Faithful Thursday morning.

She suffered second- and third-degree burns to 5% of her body, according to a news release from Yellowstone National Park.

The woman, a concessions employee, was taken by ambulance to West Yellowstone and then taken by air ambulance to the burn center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

"The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface," park officials said in the news release. "Everyone must always remain on boardwalks and trails and exercise extreme caution around thermal features."

This is the first significant injury in a thermal area this year. Previous incidents include:

The most recent incident is under investigation. The woman's name and current condition are unavailable.

No further information about the incident was released.

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EastIdahoNews.com Staff

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