Authorities are warning hikers and nature lovers to stay safe and hydrated after Texas State Parks experienced an increase in heat-related incidents compared to last year. In 2021, 43 state parks reported 102 heat-related illnesses in humans and pets, according to a department news release on Tuesday, June 28.
Since Jan. 1, 54 heat-related incidents have already been reported, up from 34 reported this time last year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reported. On June 11, authorities rescued 40 hikers at Palo Duro State Park due to excessive heat. The Canyon Fire Department responded to these incidents at Palo Duro State Park.