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Woman suffers “significant” burns while rescuing her dog from hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

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A woman from Washington state suffered “significant” burns from her shoulders to her feet when she tried to rescue her dog from a Yellowstone National Park hot spring. Park rangers and firefighters cared for the 20-year-old woman before she was taken to the burn unit at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, park officials said in a statement Tuesday.

The woman’s name, intensity of her burns and condition weren’t released after she was burned Monday afternoon in the Madison Junction area.

The woman and her father had stopped to look around when their dog jumped out of their car and into Maiden’s Grave Spring near the Firehole River. After the woman tried rescuing the dog, her father pulled her out of the spring and drove her to West Yellowstone, Montana.

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Bison graze along the Firehole River near Midway Geyser Basin NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Somebody rescued the dog and the father said he planned to take it to a veterinarian, park officials said.

She was the second woman burned in a Yellowstone thermal feature in recent weeks. A park concessions employee suffered second- and third-degree burns to 5% of her body near Old Faithful Geyser in September, park officials said.

Yellowstone has more than 10,000 thermal features, which can be as hot as 280 degrees Fahrenheit.

Last year, a three-year-old suffered serious burns after falling into a small hot spring and another visitor fell into a thermal feature at Old Faithful while backing up and taking photos. In 2019, a man suffered severe burns after falling into thermal water near the cone of Old Faithful Geyser.

In 2016, a man left the boardwalk and died after slipping into a hot spring in Norris Geyser Basin. In 2000, one person died and two people were severely burned after falling into a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin.

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