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Press Release | Aug. 9, 2023

Coast Guard responds to signal fire at Otay Mountain

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard responded to a signal fire made by three men at the Otay Mountain Wilderness Area approximately one and a half miles north of the San Diego border, Wednesday.

A Coast Guard Air Station MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders after spotting a small signal fire at Otay Mountain. The crew landed safely in the vicinity of the fire and located the three men responsible for the help signal. 

The men were safely transported to an improvised landing area before being handed over to Border Patrol Field Agents. The men were not injured.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center notified California Fire Dispatch, who responded to the fire.