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Mudslide traps hikers in Angeles National Forest

October 4, 2010 |  2:52 pm

Several hikers were reported trapped after a mudslide Monday afternoon near the Chantry Flats campground in the Angeles National Forest, officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Details were sketchy but the hikers had been trapped, not buried, by the 2 p.m. mudslide, said Fire Inspector Matt Levesque.

The Fire Department dispatched its Urban Search and Rescue task force, which has tools and equipment to deal with entrapped victims, Levesque said.

The location where the hikers reported the slide is approximately a 25-minute hike up the trail from the Chantry Flats campground.

-- Andrew Blankstein