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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Three San Diego County parks will be closed for the month of August starting Sunday, a measure taken each year because of the month’s typically high temperatures.

Parks officials announced that El Capitan Preserve, near Lakeside; Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center; and Mt. Gower Preserve in Ramona will be closed.

The county previously closed Agua Caliente Regional Park and Vallecito County Park in the Anza-Borrego area for the summer, to reopen Labor Day weekend.

On Saturday, a small handful of hikers braved the heat to enjoy the last summer day of hiking at El Capitan Preserve. 

“I thought nobody would be crazy enough to be out in this heat,” hiker Grant Affleck said. “Got the biggest water bottle — a three liter — still ran out, so thank goodness for the rangers that were on the track.”

Not only are the closures a precaution, but they also give park staff the time and space for maintenance at the preserves such a trail restoration.  

“They’ve done a lot of really great work on it over the summer, yeah, really nice, and so if they do more, it’ll even be better,” avid hiker Mona Oliver said.

There are more than 100 other county parks and preserves open to explore during the month of August. Parks staff urged people to always take precautions when outside in high temperatures.

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