Appearing to be 45-50ish he is shorther than average and soft spoken.
Thomas Burns has been working at Yellowstone for a year before the eruption was announced. He made several important observations that lead the the determination of when the eruption would occur.
He was on a mental vacation to his home in Los Angles when the volcano erupted, needless to say he was very confused by the events. Quickly he gathered his supplies and his head. Moving fast he made it out of LA barely before the quakes began. He cursed him self for his cowardice but it was one of the few ways he knew he would survive the debris fall. Once he was out of the town he pitched his tent and prepared to shovel.