Rescue crews prepared for overheated hikers

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

With the recent warm-up, Phoenix firefighters are expecting a busy weekend to cap off a busy week of hiker rescues.

Capt. Ardell Deliz says her crews handled 11 hiker rescues since March 4 including a rescue today at Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.

Crews helped a hiker who hurt their ankle on Camelback and an injured mountain biker on Piestewa.

Though some of the recent rescues involved injuries, Deliz says exhaustion and dehydration can lead to mistakes and even more trouble on the trails. Some rescues can take hours and become very taxing on crews.

"When they are super dehydrated and they need IVs and they need more support from us, then we're going to need more manpower, we're going to need more equipment," says Deliz.  "[They become] really long days when we're up there three, four times a day."

The rise in temperatures coincides with spring break, when families may be visiting the Valley from cooler locales.  Deliz says it's important for people to know their limits, start hydrating before a hike, and bring lots of water.

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