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2 hikers dead as northern Arizona's red flag warnings continue

A search and rescue team assist in a litter carry up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park in 2020.
J. Baird/U.S. National Park Service
A search and rescue team assist in a litter carry up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park in 2020.

At least two people have died while hiking in northern Arizona this past weekend.

On Friday, a 44-year-old woman passed out on Sedona’s Hiline Trail and did not recover despite efforts by other hikers and Sedona Fire. Officials say they spoke with the victim’s two daughters and husband and determined she suffered from heat exhaustion.

In a second case early Sunday morning, a 41-year-old man was found dead on Grand Canyon National park’s Bright Angel Trail. The man had spent the night at the Bright Angel campground. An investigation is underway.

Most of northern Arizona is under red flag warnings as dry, powerful winds and high temperatures permeate throughout the region.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.