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Phoenix Fire Department faces more calls for heat-related emergencies

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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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.