A Red Lodge firefighter suffered severe burn injuries on Friday (7/16), when a wildfire crews were battling near Joliet, shifted directions and burned over his emergency vehicle.
According to Red Lodge Fire Rescue’s Facebook page, Dan Steffensen was injured while working the Harris Fire alongside Scott Wilson on Friday, when “strong winds suddenly shifted towards them,” and they were overrun by rapidly spreading wildfires.
Red Lodge Firefighter undergoes first surgery at burn center in Salt Lake City
While Wilson was uninjured, Steffensen was flown to Salt Lake City where he was admitted to the University of Utah burn center in serious condition, and had his “first of many surgical procedures” completed today (Monday 7/19), according to the post on Facebook.
His first surgery was “successful,” and according to Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Steffensen was alert following the procedure and was “communicating with the family and firefighters that are with him.”
Firefighter of the Year may take 6 months to recover from burns
Dan Steffensen, a firefighter with Red Lodge since 2015, will be in recovery for about 6 months in Salt Lake City, according to the post. He was named volunteer “Firefighter of the Year” in 2017, and is a nationally qualified wildland firefighter, according to the post on the