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Hiker rescued after suffering heat exhaustion on Montecito trail

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Montecito Fire Protection District
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Montecito Fire Protection District

MONTECITO, Calif. - Montecito firefighters and team members with Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue responded to a hiker in distress on the Hot Springs Canyon Trail Monday evening.

The rescue began around 6 p.m. Montecito Fire tweeted pictures of their UTV en route to the hiker.

They said the hiker was suffering from heat exhaustion on the trail.

This rescue comes at the start of a red flag warning that went into affect at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Montecito Fire said temperatures were in the 80s on Monday and are expected to get as high as 100 degrees on Tuesday.

Sundowner winds are also expected to gust through the night.

Crews asked residents to, "please be mindful of your limits and opt to exercise during the cooler hours of the day during this heatwave."

Residents are also advised not to participate in any activities that could cause a spark as dry grass and brush could easily light and spread into a wildfire.

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