An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the desert areas of San Diego County. The Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to take a few precautions when doing outdoor activities.
Since January of 2012, ASTREA has performed four rescues at Cedar Creek Falls. 20 rescues were made at Cedar Creek Falls from January to July of 2011.
The National Weather Service says "Conditions like heat stroke or heat exhaustion are possible, especially if engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. This weather could be deadly for unprepared campers or hikers.''
Sheriff's ASTREA has been called to rescue hikers twice this week in the Julian side of Cedar Creek Falls. On July 9th at 5:30 p.m., a 19‐year‐old woman was found unconscious with possible signs of heat stroke. She was airlifted to a local hospital. She did not survive. The Medical Examiner is now handling the case.
On July 10th at 2:30 p.m., ASTREA responded to a call of two distressed hikers with a dog. The couple only needed water and was able to walk back on their own, but their dog needed rescue. While transporting the dog, ASTREA was flagged by another group of hikers. The rescue crew found a 79‐year‐old man sitting against a rock complaining of weakness and dizziness. He was hoisted to an ambulance at a nearby CALFIRE station. The man and the dog will recover.
No matter your level of health, anyone needs to be careful of the dangers of walking in the heat. Take it easy when temperatures are this hot. Move your exercise indoors or schedule any outdoor activity for early morning or evening to avoid the real heat of the day. It's also important to remember your pets and ensure they are not over exposed to heat and have plenty of water.
Here are other safety tips from the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit:
Buddy up – Walk or exercise with a partner. It's fun and it's safer. If something happens along the way, you'll have someone at your side to help.
Phone home – Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Your cell phone could provide a necessary connection to emergency assistance.
Drink up – stay hydrated before, during and after exercise Dress for the heat – wear lightweight, light‐colored and breathable clothing. Bring a hat and sunglasses. Wear sunscreen.
Take regular breaks – find some shade or a cool place to stop.
Head inside – if the heat seems overwhelming, don't sweat it.
–San Diego Sheriff Deparment