Woman Suffers Burns after Illegally Visiting Yellowstone and Falling into Thermal Feature

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Woman Visits Yellowstone Illegally, Falls into Thermal Feature

A woman suffered burns Tuesday when she illegally visited Yellowstone National Park, closed due to coronavirus, and fell into a thermal feature.

According to officials, the woman was backing up as she took photos when she fell into a hot spring near Old Faithful geyser.

Despite being wounded, the woman drove for about 50 miles until when park rangers stopped her near Mammoth Hot Springs. She was then flown to a hospital in Idaho.

Yellowstone National Park was closed on March 24. Yellowstone and nearby Grand Teton National Park were to announce plans for a phased reopening Wednesday.

Visitors were warned to stay on the boardwalks near Yellowstone’s often boiling or acidic thermal features including geysers, hot springs, steam vents and mud pots to avoid risks of injury or death.