Although Sandy is at a higher elevation than Gresham and most of the Portland metropolitan area, it was by no means a safe place from the record heat last weekend.

Temperatures rose into the 100s and dropped only into the upper 70s. Even Government Camp's highs flirted with 90 degrees.

The hot conditions caused the Sandy Fire District to respond to six apparently heat-related calls around the Sandy area last weekend. Symptoms of the affected included fainting, vomiting, sweating and shortness of breath, said Alice Lasher, fire district spokeswoman.

Friday, July 21, saw one possible heat-related call at 9:44 p.m.; Saturday, July 22, saw two calls at 12:23 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.

Sunday - the day of the Fly-in Cruise-in at McKinnon Airport - was the busiest day, with firefighters responding to three possible heat-related calls: at 11 a.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Lasher said she saw two heat 'emergencies' at the annual Kiwanis event. Another call came in at about 1:35 a.m. Monday.

'I would have expected a lot more calls on Friday,' Lasher said, noting that the temperatures were in the 100s, while Saturday and Sunday's highs were in the upper 90s. 'A wild guess would be that when it got a little cooler, more people went outside.'

She said that while it's still hot, people need to drink plenty of water, even before they are thirsty, and to realize that 90 degrees can be just as dangerous as 100 degrees - as illustrated by last weekend's calls.

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