Fire crews busy with mountain rescues in the Valley

PHOENIX - Phoenix and Scottsdale firefighters had to help injured hikers in three separate incidents.

In Phoenix, a crew was called Sunday afternoon to Buffalo Ridge Park near 16th Street and Union Hills to help a teenage girl suffering from heat exhaustion.

After reaching the girl at the top of a mountain, rescuers slowly walked her down.

The teen was seen by paramedics but declined to go to a hospital.

Authorities say she hadn't been on a designated trail.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix and Scottsdale fire departments worked together to assist a hiker in Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale.

Fire officials say the hiker had a foot injury and needed to be taken down in a big wheel rescue basket. They say the hiker is stable but will need to go to a hospital.

Also on Sunday afternoon, Phoenix crews air-lifted a hiker from Camelback Mountain after he complained of heat-related and medical issues.

Fire officials said the man in his 30s was almost at the top of the mountain and unable to physically come down on his own.

The patient was safely flown off the mountain and reunited with family members, officials said.

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