California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park announced Tuesday it will restrict trail access due to excessive heat. Two hikers were forced to be airlifted out of the park last weekend.
Officials from the park advised hikers to take precautions to avoid similar incidents in a Facebook post.
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Borrego Palm Canyon Trail will remain closed every day at 11 a.m. because of excessive heat in desert. [to]”The park wrote that sunrise will be observed the next day, beginning today, June 8th through September 30th 2021.” Sunrise is the best place to start hiking in the area. [to] 11 a.m. For more tips on hiking in hot conditions, please refer to yesterday’s post.
The trail was open from sunrise until sunset in the past.
Jorge Moreno, Information Officer at California Parks Department, told Fox News that preliminary information revealed that medical rescues were caused by rising desert temperatures.
“Due the ongoing rescue investigation into this incident, the trail is temporarily shut down from 11 a.m. to sunrise the next day. The trail will reopen within a week or sooner. He said that information about the reopening of the trail will be posted on the Anza Borrego Desert SP social media platforms.”
SF Gate reported that the hikers were taken to a local hospital on Thursday. The last time that the park was closed was January last year due to a Palm Grove fire.
The temperatures in the Golden State have risen over the past weeks, increasing the risk of wildfires and posing a danger to seniors, pets, and children.
According to the National Weather Service, a large area of the west U.S. will see more heat next week.
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Moreno stated, “Many visitors come into the desert unprepared” to deal with extreme temperature swings. “Do not let heat stroke or heat exhaustion take you down.”
Over the next week, temperatures are expected to reach 110 degrees in the park.
Officials at the park said that a closure for heat related reasons has not occurred in “recent history” of the park and that they have seen an increase in first-timers.
Moreno warned parkgoers that the desert can be dangerous and unpredictable during the summer season.
He noted that simple actions like drinking plenty of water and eating well, and being aware that cell coverage is very limited or nonexistent can help visitors enjoy these iconic landscapes safely.
Moreno said that the Parks Department asks visitors to create a plan and recreate responsibly. When it is cooler, hike when the temperatures are lower, dress appropriately, carry a map, don’t split up, seek shelter, and turn around if water is scarce.
“Keep water with you and drink it.” This is a crucial point that we cannot emphasize enough. He said. “On a hot day in Anza Borrego, by time you feel thirsty it may already be too late. Drink lots of water, and do it often.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over 600 Americans are killed each year by extreme heat.
California is also in the midst of a historic drought – Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an emergency in April – and mandatory water restrictions have been set for counties across the state.
Source: Fox News