Dogs banned from Phoenix mountain hiking trails during heat wave

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Think it’s hot? Imagine how you'd feel if you were covered in fur and perspired through your tongue.

In the midst of a torrid heat wave in the Southwest, the city of Phoenix's Parks and Recreation Board is banning dogs from its mountain hiking trails when the temperature is more than 100 degrees.

The rule will remain in place until September, according to KPNX.

The city has 41 trailheads and about 200 miles of trails within the city limits.

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Officials imposed the restriction after several rescues and a few deaths earlier this summer in Arizona.

A 28-year-old fitness instructor died after being rescued while mountain biking on June 19 in Phoenix on a record-breaking 118-degree day. Six people in Arizona died that day of heat-related causes.

A plan to keep people off the trails when the temperature is above 110 was not put into place.