- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Extreme heat would close Phoenix hiking trails under a city proposal that follows a string of deaths in the desert state.

The City of Parks and Recreation Board on Thursday will discuss closing trails to people if the temperature reaches 110 degrees.

Approval could put the policy into effect by Friday.

The change would also prevent hikers from taking dogs along in the 100-degree heat.

Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Gregg Bach said the policy is an attempt to keep hikers safe while limiting mountain rescues.

Phoenix has 200 miles of trails and dozens of ways to access them.

Officials are discussing ways to enforce the proposed policy and determine consequences for violators.

Signage would be installed to inform people.

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