Phoenix Fire Department faces more calls for heat-related emergencies

By Jill Ryan
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - 8:07pm

A 48-year-old man hiker rescued by Phoenix Fire
Phoenix Fire Department
A 48-year-old man was rescued by Phoenix Fire on June 27, 2023, after becoming fatigued while hiking the at Dreamy Draw Mountain.

Phoenix has been broiling in a heatwave, with temperatures of 110 degrees or higher since July began.

In that time, the Phoenix Fire Department has seen an uptick in calls for all heat-related emergencies.

Capt. Scott Douglas says they’re still tallying the total number of heat-related calls throughout the city. Data shows there have been at least six mountain rescues this month.

“Once the temperature reaches 105 degrees, the three major parks in the city of Phoenix are closed for hiking. So, that has limited the amount of mountain rescues that we’ve done," Douglas said.

The Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak trails are closed between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Douglas recommends people take precautions, hydrate and stay indoors as much as possible to combat the heat.

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