Firefighter suffers third degree burns from Mt. Charleston tree fire

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter suffered second and third degree burns while responding to a tree fire Monday morning in Mount Charleston, a department spokeswoman said.

The man’s burns were to his upper body and could have been due to equipment malfunction while a crew was trying to extinguish a single-tree fire, said forest service spokeswoman Gwen Ernst-Ulrich.

A Metro search and rescue helicopter and a Mercy Air took the injured man to University Medical Center’s burn unit, Ernst-Ulrich said.

His family was notified and his condition was not immediately available, Ernst-Ulrich said.

The fire was extinguished by a second crew.

Review-Journal writer Ricardo Torres contributed to this story.

Contact reporter Cassandra Taloma at or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @CassandraTaloma

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