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Sedona Fire Department urges caution when hiking

Iconic red rock formations in Sedona, Arizona
Claire Caulfield/KJZZ
Sedona, Arizona.

The Sedona Fire Department has responded to a large number of calls of hikers suffering from the hot summer sun.

The department announced on its social media that they had another busy day of medical calls in the back country, and that all of them were for hikers experiencing heat exhaustion symptoms.

Earlier this month, they responded to five calls in one day.

Along with advising people to hike early in the morning, and be off the trails by 11 at the latest, officials said that everyone hiking should have a gallon of water. Know where you started and where you are headed.

Keller Brown is an intern at KJZZ. He is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, working toward a master's in sports journalism.