A three-year-old child suffered second-degree burns after falling into a “small thermal feature” at Yellowstone National Park on Friday.
According to a press release from the National Park Service, the child ran off from the trail and fell into the thermal area. Hydrothermal areas at Yellowstone include a “collection of hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles,” according to the National Park Service.
The child was airlifted to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, the National Park Service said.
This is the second significant injury in a thermal area this year, according to the news release. The incident is currently under investigation, the National Park Service said.
Last year, a 48-year-old man fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone and was severely burned. Previously, a tourist who fell into a geyser “likely dissolved” into the heavily acidic and incredibly hot water.
Thermal areas at Yellowstone often reach burning temperatures and are sometimes highly acidic.
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