Boise, Idaho • A member of an elite Utah-based hotshot crew has been hospitalized in Boise after a large log rolled over him while he worked to build a fire line on a central Idaho wildfire.
Officials said two other members of the 20-member Bonneville Hotshots based in West Valley City, Utah, received minor injuries in the same incident on Saturday. Trinity Ridge Fire spokesman Michael Williams said the hospitalized firefighter received chest, elbow and wrist injuries. He was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday but not return to firefighting for three weeks. It was unclear late Sunday if he had left the hospital.
Williams said the hotshot crew was taken off the fire Saturday but returned to firefighting Sunday. He said firefighters were sawing in the area where the log broke lose but were not working on the log that caused the injuries. A review of the incident is planned.