Firefighter seriously injured by fallen tree in Little Twist Fire


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BEAVER — A firefighter was seriously injured Sunday while working to contain a large fire known now as the Little Twist Fire near Beaver, fire officials said.

Daniel Burns is in his first year with the Bonnevile Hotshot crew and is in a southern Utah hospital after being injured over the weekend, and has a long recovery ahead of him.

The Little Twist public information officer Kylee Stott said Burns was hit by a falling tree. The Bureau of Land Management said the firefighter was flown to a medical facility in a helicopter.

KSL-TV spoke to a former hotshot firefighter who highlighted how difficult and dangerous the job can be.

"I've had my own near misses and it kind of shakes you to your core and makes you rethink a lot of things," said Matthew Irving.

Irving has retired from being a hot shot firefighter, but he still views the men and women on those crews as family.

"I had some of my own near misses that I was lucky to walk away from, so when I saw this come up it kinda hit home. And I think anything we can do to get him help and get him support that he needs is good," he said.

The Bureau of Land Management said they are still early in their investigation.

"Our thoughts are with our teammate on his road to healing," a spokesperson stated.

The fire, located 4 miles southeast of Beaver, is the largest burning in Utah and has been burning for over a week . As of Monday, the fire had spread to 2,398 acres and was only 10% contained.

The fire began as a planned burn in the Fishlake National Forest by the Beaver Ranger District. The fire grew outside of the controlled burn limits and spread to remote areas with rugged terrain.

Over 260 firefighters were working on the fire as of Monday.

Stott said the smoke from the fire would be visible for several weeks following, including areas on I-15, I-70, U.S. 89 and state Route 20.

You can donate to Burns on his GoFundMe* page.

Contributing: Kiersten Nuñez and Shara Park

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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