One hiker died and five others were rescued after suffering from extreme heat in Arizona on Monday, when temperatures were well above 100 degrees, officials said.
The group had “run out of water and had gotten lost” while hiking on the Spur Cross Trail, about 35 miles north of Phoenix, according to fire and police officials.
The high temperature in Phoenix on Monday was 109 degrees Fahrenheit, six degrees above the normal temperature for the date, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. Most Western states have been in the grips of an extreme heat wave for at least six days now, and it may continue through the end of the week. More than 41 million people across Arizona, California and Nevada were under an excessive heat warning on Wednesday.
One adult male was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The hiker was identified as Evan Dishion, 32.
The group was rescued from the trail by helicopter, officials said.
“It is important to plan your hike, hike the plan, bring plenty of water, and know how to identify heat exhaustion,” the Scottsdale Fire Department said on Twitter.
The authorities across the West have had a busy couple of days rescuing and searching for hikers. On Sunday, a 70-year-old male hiker was rescued after getting lost in the White Tank Mountains, a mountain range in central Arizona. The authorities in Santa Barbara County, Calif., were continuing a search for a male hiker last seen on Sunday when he was hiking with his girlfriend. And on Tuesday, officials in California rescued a 27-year-old woman who had broken both legs in a fall while hiking northeast of Sacramento.
Hiking experts suggest a range of reminders and tips before setting out on a hike, including packing a paper map and a compass as backups to cellphones and GPS units.
Jennifer Pharr Davis, a professional hiker, said to listen to your body when hiking in extreme heat. In an emergency, she advises to send someone who is feeling OK and has enough water to get more, and to sit in a nearby stream, if feeling overheated.
If that’s not possible, “at least sit in the shade until someone can go get help,” she said. “If you’re hiking alone, bring lots and lots of water.” She recommends carrying one liter of water per two hours of planned hiking and, in extreme heat, increasing that amount to one and a half liters.