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Woman burned by thermal feature after illegally entering Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 19:47:05-04

A woman who entered Yellowstone National Park illegally Tuesday morning was badly burned after falling into a thermal feature near Old Faithful.

Park officials say the woman was backing up to take a photo and fell into a thermal feature, though spokeswoman Linda Veress says it is unclear exactly which hot spring, or other feature she may have stumbled into.

The woman then left Old Faithful and drove north toward Mammoth. She was stopped by park rangers about a mile south of Mammoth Hot Springs, a drive which normally would take about an hour from Old Faithful.

Veress says that due to her injuries the woman was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by helicopter.

The incident is under investigation.

Last fall a man was also burned near Old Faithful after he wandered off the boardwalk and fell into a hot spring near the base of the famous geyser. Sever burning hot springs surround the base but cannot be seen from popular viewing areas, so visitors are seldom aware that the springs exist.

Yellowstone has been closed to visitors since March 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.