Beeville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Donnie Morris said Thom Aman was on his tractor using his disc attachment to plow up ground in front of a rapidly spreading brush fire when he suffered first and second degree burns.
Morris said the victim had what was thought to be a small, third degree burn, but most of his injuries were not as serious.
Most of the injuries were to his face, Morris said.
The chief said he was nearby on FM Road 888, not far from the scene of the fire on Lohse Road Sunday when he saw the smoke from the fire. When he arrived to check out the source of the smoke, he noticed Aman plowing the ground in front of the fire.
Morris said the victim was unaware that the heat from the fire had injured him.
Morris called in fire units to extinguish the blaze, and he got the victim to park the tractor.
The chief confirmed that Aman had been flown to the hospital by a HALO-Flight helicopter.
“People just don’t realize that you just don’t get in front of a brush fire with the conditions we have now,” the chief said. “Things could change instantly.”
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.