Authorities in Los Angeles County shut down trails in the Santa Monica Mountains after a woman died while hiking as a record-setting heatwave and wildfires scorched California.
The woman, whose name wasn’t released yet, had been hiking with a friend Saturday afternoon on a trail near the city of Calabasas when she started feeling sick and collapsed, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro said Sunday.
The cause and manner of death had not been determined, but foul play wasn’t suspected, Navarro said. Malibu Search and Rescue, a unit within the sheriff’s department, said it responded to several heat-related rescues Saturday.
The National Weather Service documented a slew of record-setting temperatures across the state Sunday. In Woodland Hills, just north of Calabasas, the mercury reached a sweltering 121 degrees. In San Jose, it was 103 just before 2 p.m., breaking a 1923 record.