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Fire Departments Treating Overheated Spring Training Fans

If you’re in Arizona to enjoy some spring training, chances are you’ve noticed it’s not just the pitchers turning up the heat.

With temperatures hovering near-record highs across the Valley, local fire departments are treating more overheated fans than usual in the past few days.

Peoria Fire Department spokesman Tim Eiden says 15 people were treated for heat-related illness on Monday at the Peoria Sports Complex with four going to the hospital for more treatment.

“These temperatures in the 90s came up on us pretty quickly. And I don’t think people were quite expecting what they got at the ballpark. Three hours in the sun is too long, so if you’re at a baseball game, you need to take frequent breaks,” he said.

Glendale officials say they treated two people Sunday and Monday but only for mild heat-related symptoms.

Eiden suggests frequent water breaks and liberally applying sunscreen.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.