SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas – Two Texas A&M Forest Service firefighters were hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns following a sudden intensification of the Snowhill Fire in San Jacinto County. The incident occurred around 5 p.m. on August 2 as personnel were constructing containment lines.
The firefighters sustained injuries from radiant heat as fire behavior unexpectedly heightened. Both were promptly transported to the hospital for treatment. As of this morning, the firefighters have been treated and released, highlighting their resilience and dedication in the face of danger.
In the wake of this incident, the Texas A&M Forest Service announced it would conduct an Internal Fire Review to assess the circumstances leading up to the firefighters’ injuries. This review aims to glean valuable insights that can be used to enhance safety protocols and mitigate similar risks in the future.
The agency emphasized the importance of learning from these incidents and making necessary improvements to safeguard their personnel. As the fire season progresses, the safety and wellbeing of those battling these blazes remain a top priority.
The Snowhill Fire continues to be a concern for the region, and further updates on the situation will be shared as available. Authorities urge local residents to stay vigilant and adhere to any advisories or evacuation orders issued in response to the fire’s progression.