Palm Desert, CA
Two hikers who sustained heat-related illnesses while on a Palm Desert hiking trail today were helped down the mountain by county firefighters and taken to nearby hospitals.
Firefighters responded at 9:07 a.m. to reports of a person down on the Bump and Grind hiking trail in Palm Desert, but fire crews soon found that they would need to assist two hikers with “minor to moderate heat related injuries,” said April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department.
Firefighters hiked about one mile up the trail to reach the hikers, after two attempts to reach them via helicopters were unsuccessful, due to “extreme weather conditions.”
By 11 a.m., both patients were walked down to the bottom of the trail and taken to hospitals, Newman said.
Palm Desert recorded temperatures just above 110 degrees this morning and temperatures were expected to range from 108 to 116 degrees in the lower deserts.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning last week for the Coachella Valley, which is set to remain in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Those working or spending time outdoors were asked to take extra precautions, such as rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening, wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and drinking plenty of water.