Santa Barbara – South County

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

The rescue began around 6 p.m. Montecito Fire tweeted photos 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 has gone into effect at 6 p.m. on Monday.

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

Winds at sunset are also expected to be gusty through the night.

Teams asked residents to “please be aware of your limitations and opt for exercise during the cooler hours of the day during this heat wave.”

Residents are also advised not to participate in any activity that could cause a spark, as dry grass and brush could easily ignite and spread in a forest fire.

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