Crews prepare for hiking rescues as triple-digit heat simmers

Crews prepare for hiking rescues as triple-digit heat simmers
One of the biggest mistakes people make is attempting to hike trails beyond their physical capabilities. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Southern Arizona rescue crews are gearing up for a busy few months on the hiking trails as temperatures begin to heat up.

The triple-digit heat proved to be too much for five hikers on Sunday, May 6, prompting the Rural-Metro Fire Department to rush to their rescue.

One of them happened at Bear Canyon, which leads to Seven Falls.

Volunteers with Southern Arizona Rescue Association say it's one of the trails on which the group wants to emphasize safety, along with Romero Pools and Tanque Verde Falls.

Andrew Lamb has been a volunteer with SARA for 25 years. He said one of the biggest mistakes people make is attempting to hike trails beyond their physical capabilities.

He said that coupled with not bringing enough water can prove deadly. He said negligence not only puts hikers at risk but rescue crews as well.

"People are putting themselves at risk by going out hiking in those situations and then we get notified, and we're putting ourselves at risk because we're having to go out in the same environment and searching for those people," Lamb said.

Lamb said hikers should take one quart of water for every hour they plan to hike. To see more safety tips from SARA, click HERE.

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