4 San Diego County Parks to Close in August Due to Heat Danger

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Hellhole Canyon Preserve. Courtesy San Diego County Parks & Recreation

Four San Diego County parks will close for the month of August in a precautionary move taken annually due to expected extreme heat levels, the county Parks and Recreation department announced Monday.

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El Capitan Preserve near Lakeside, Mt. Gower Preserve near Ramona, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center and Wilderness Gardens in Pala will close Wednesday.

Additionally, Agua Caliente Regional Park and Vallecito County Park in the Anza-Borrego Desert are closed all summer. They will reopen Labor Day weekend.

Nearly 100 other county parks and preserves will remain open next month.

To stay safe, officials recommend that recreationists let others know their plans before leaving, hike with others, leave dogs at home on hot days, bring plenty of water and wear lightweight, ventilated clothing.

— City News Service

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