Firefighter will likely spend months in ICU after being badly burned in Okanogan

A firefighter who was badly burned while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire is in a medically-induced coma on Monday, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management.

According to a release, Assistant Chief Christian Johnson received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to over 50-60 percent of his body, and the damage to his airway has been scored at a two out of four (four being the worst).

Emergency Management said he is looking at a minimum of two to three months in the ICU.

Johnson was injured while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire, which burned nearly 150 acres near 181 B and O Road North in Okanogan. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Emergency Management shared a GoFundMe account set up for Johnson and his family on Tuesday.

“Christian is a selfless man, who is always willing to help those in need, and never asks for anything in return. We are now asking for your help to make this long journey a little easier for him and his family,” said Maurice Goodall, a spokesperson for Okanogan County Emergency Management.

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