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How Texas parks are reassessing heat safety protocols after this summerIt’s a tale as old as Texas summer: A hiker heads out on the trail with too little water, or with too few salty snacks, or without a good map, or when the sun is already beating down from the middle of the sky. Then he takes a wrong turn, or maybe chooses to push ahead, instead of turning back when he begins to feel tired and dizzy. Before long, heat illness starts to set in.Each summer, rangers and other first responders in Texas’s state and national parks help rescue hundreds of these hikers, who find themselves in heat distress on the side of a mountain or in the middle of the desert. And each summer, a handful of those hikers will die.Heat deaths appear…

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