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Daily Dose: El Capitan Helicopter Rescue

Today's events, weekend news, a rescue and an East County fire.

Events

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Helicopter Rescue

A hiker who lost his way in the El Capitan Mountains was air lifted to safety Sunday by a San Diego Sheriff's Department helicopter.

Ground units helped the helicopter crew locate the stranded hiker, who was about 1500 feet up the mountain, near El Monte Road in Lakeside, about 10:45 p.m., Sheriff's Lt. Mike McClain said.

The helicopter hoisted the hiker and transported him to a safe location.

The rescued hiker, whose name was not disclosed, came out unharmed and was in good enough condition to drive home, McClain said.

Sycuan Fire

Firefighters battled a 20-acre vegetation fire about two miles west of the Sycuan Indian Reservation Sunday, and said no structures were threatened.

The fire began about 12:45 p.m. on Dehesa Road near Harbison Canyon Road, CalFire Captain Mike Mohler said. After 45 minutes, it had burned 20 acres.

Multiple crews from CalFire and Heartland Fire & Rescue, including fire engines and aircraft units, were on the scene, Mohler said.

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Sunday for the 10th consecutive day, increasing 1.4 cents to $3.782.

The average price has increased 10.6 cents over the past 10 days, including 1.3 cents on Saturday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 7.4 cents more than one week ago, but 8.3 cents less than one month ago and 3.9 cents lower than one year ago.

A seven-day streak of increases to the price of a barrel of benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange had pushed the price to $92.66 on Thursday, before dropping $1.22 on Friday to $91.44.

The seven-day streak of increases was the longest since Feb. 24.

Analysts attributed the oil price increases to concerns over the European economy.

-City News Service contributed these posts

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