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Gold Canyon residents refused to evacuate during fire; now they are asking to be rescued

August 31, 2009 |  3:13 pm

When the Station fire barreled toward their community in the Gold Canyon area, they refused to leave.

But then firefighters set backfires in the area, and now the five residents are asking to be rescued, according to authorities.

The problem is there is no way to get to them. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department considered sending a helicopter up to get them, but fire officials advised it would be too dangerous.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department is now monitoring conditions and figuring out how to get them.

Officials have expressed concern over the last few days about residents refusing to evacuate their homes as the Station fire moves through. In Big Tujunga Canyon on Saturday, three people were burned when they tried to protect their homes from the flames. Two of them tried to evade the fire by jumping into a hot tub.

-- Corina Knoll at Hansen Dam