Officials closed hiking trails in the Santa Monica mountains after several heat-related rescues and the death of a 41-year-old hiker on Saturday. The National Park Service has also closed hiking trails in Ventura County until 5:00 p.m. On Labor Day, the city of Burbank closed the Wildwood Canyon and Stough Canyon trails until Tuesday.
The maximum temperatures on Sunday are expected to eclipse the terrible heat of Saturday and, according to an extreme heat recommendation, rise to 119 degrees in some places. The National Weather Service advises locals to "hydrate and limit their time outdoors."
The conditions are particularly worrying for the unhoused, who cannot readily limit their time outdoors. There are currently only five cold centers in the city of Los Angeles and it is recommended that you call ahead to check availability:
- Lafayette Leisure Center | 625 S. Lafayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057 | (213) 384-0562
- Canoga Park Senior Center | 7326 Jordan Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303 | (818) 340-2633
- Lake View Terrace Recreation Center | 11075 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 | (818) 899-8087
- South LA Sports Activity Center | 7020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90003 | (323) 758-8716
- Normandy Leisure Center | 22400 South Halldale Ave., Torrance, CA 90501 | (310) 328-3689
There are many more county-run facilities (see the full list here), although local stakeholders recommend distributing frozen bottled water to unhoused neighbors who do not have access to a refrigeration center.
The unheard of heat has also fueled forest fires across the region. East of San Bernardino in Yucaipa, the El Dorado fire grew to over 2,700 acres overnight on Saturday and early Sunday and is currently only 5 percent contained.