A wildland firefighter was critically injured while battling a wildfire on private land in southwestern New Mexico near the U.S.-Mexico border, state officials said Tuesday.

The firefighter works for the U.S. Forest Service and was injured Monday in the Animas Mountains in Hidalgo County, the Forestry Division of the state Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department said in a statement.

The firefighter's identity wasn't released.

Division spokeswoman Wendy Mason said during a telephone interview that the firefighter is a member of an elite Hotshots crew, but information on how the firefighter was injured wasn't immediately available.

The firefighter was in critical condition Tuesday at a hospital in El Paso, according to the statement.

The fire had burned 350 acres in very rugged terrain along the Continental Divide and its cause was under investigation, the statement said.

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