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Young Hikers Treated For Heat Exhaustion In Griffith Park

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — About three dozen youths on a hike in Griffith Park were treated for heat exhaustion on Tuesday.

Officials responded to a call shortly before 1:30 p.m. from park rangers about a group of up to 40 children were suffering from mild to moderate heat exhaustion, Brian Humphrey of Los Angeles City Fire told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.

Firefighters found the group in the 3800 block of Mount Lee Drive above the landmark Hollywood sign and used an engine company to hose down the affected youths, Humphrey said.

After triage, 13 kids were additionally treated for minor heat exposure, said Humphrey.

It’s not clear what the group was doing in the mountains, he added.

Today was the ninth day in a row that valley and inland temperatures have exceeded 100 degrees — a fact that Humphrey said Angelenos should take into consideration before planning any outings.

“We need to be very careful outdoors, especially to put aside any thoughts of exercise, hiking or running in these high temps,” he said.

About 12:30 p.m. on Monday, firefighters rescued a roughly 50-year-old woman suffering from heat exhaustion near Mount Lee.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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