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As temperatures continue rising, officials urge safety

Posted at 4:36 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 09:55:41-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tuesday, March 26 could be Tucson's first 90 degree day in 2019 and as temperatures continue climbing officials are urging everyone to be safe outside.

This past weekend, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association helped with at least two separate rescues after hikers were unable to make their way down from near Sabino Canyon due to the heat.

SARA volunteer Andy Lamb said as temperatures quickly climb, so do the number of rescue calls they make.

Lamb told KGUN9 that while we have not reached the triple digit temperatures just yet people still a moderate risk of heat-related illness.

Lamb said this time of the year is when more and more people start venturing out to hike and if they do so, they need to be prepared.

"You need to be hydrated before you start and one thing we always see with a lot of our rescues up bear canyon toward seven falls is they've only brought a half liter bottle of water and the hike is two and a half in two and a half out and there's no water out there and so what you need to do is plan on bringing a liter of water for ever hour you plan on going hiking," Lamb said.