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Red Lodge firefighter severely burned while fighting a fire

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-17 00:33:21-04

BILLINGS — A Red Lodge firefighter was severely injured fighting the Harris Fire on Friday near Joliet.

Red Lodge Fire Rescue said that a two-person engine crew was fighting the fire in the area of Farewell Road and Bellion Creek when the wind shifted and fire overtook the crew.

One firefighter sustained "severe burn injuries," and he was taken to a hospital by ambulance and then flown to Salt Lake City for treatment.

"It’s times like these that we emphasize the strength of our organization and the Red Lodge community. We are grateful for our firefighters who routinely answer the call to protect our homes and property. This is a stark reminder of how dangerous this job can be," Red Lodge firefighters wrote on Facebook.

It was not immediately clear Friday night the size of the fire or containment.

Governor Greg Gianforte said in a news release: "Firefighting is dangerous, challenging, and heroic work. Our hearts go out to this courageous firefighter, his family, his friends, and all who are working to protect our communities from wildfire. I ask all Montanans to join me in praying for his full recovery and for the safety of all our brave firefighters."

We will update you if we get more information.