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The cast of a reality TV show went hiking in triple-digit heat. Three ended up in the hospital.

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A group of eight hikers filming a Christian reality TV show near Phoenix last week had to call for help after running out of water in triple-digit heat, the city’s fire department said.

The hikers, who were filming a show called ‘Bad Girls Gone God,’ were in the area at a women’s retreat when they decided to hike the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain, a popular hiking destination in the county of Maricopa, Arizona, June 23. Temperatures that day were above normal, even for sweltering Arizona summers, with mercury reaching 108°F in Phoenix. Hiker Kristin Livingston told local CNN affiliate KTVK/KPHO that the group “had no idea what [Echo Canyon] was apparently one of the toughest trails in Phoenix. As they descended the mountain, the group ran out of water; at least one hiker, Tatiana Robinson, told the station she was starting to feel dizzy.

After the group alerted authorities to their predicament, Phoenix and Scottsdale firefighters sent more than 100 people to their rescue, using drones to determine the group’s location. Firefighters helped hikers cool off and then assisted three of the stricken hikers as they left the trail. A Phoenix Police helicopter airlifted the other five down. In a post shared on their Facebook page, the Phoenix Fire Department said three of the hikers were taken to hospital in stable condition and all rescuers left the mountain safely.

Speaking to KTVK/KPHO, Phoenix Fire Department Captain Evan Gammage thanked hikers for realizing they were in trouble and calling for help before things got out of hand .

“It’s an honor for our patients today, again knowing some of their limitations,” Gammage said. “They knew they were beyond where they could safely descend, so they took up residence in the shade. They called us and we were able to get off safely that afternoon.

Last July, after at least a dozen firefighters suffered from the heat while rescuing hikers, the Phoenix local government announced it would begin closing Echo Canyon and several other popular trails on managed property. by the city when the National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings. Rescue teams come to the aid of about 200 people in Phoenix parks each year, and about half of those incidents happen at Camelback Mountain.