A Deschutes National Forest employee was seriously injured Feb. 9, while helping to suppress a wildland fire in Montague County, Texas.

Steve Burns, 43, was listed in critical but stable condition at a Fort Worth hospital, with neck and pelvic injuries.

He was not burned and investigators have not determined how he was injured. His wife, siblings and supervisor are with him.

Burns is a fuels technician and firefighter with the federal Central Oregon Fire Management Service and a Deschutes National Forest employee.

He began his forest service career in 1989 on the Umatilla National Forest.

Burns was expected to be hospitalized in Texas for about a month.

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