Grand Canyon National Park officials say two hikers were struck by lightning near the Bright Angel Trailhead on Tuesday afternoon.
A 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were found unresponsive along the trail just before 3 p.m., officials say.
The man reportedly regained consciousness without intervention, but crews had to perform CPR and other life-saving interventions on the woman to save her life.
Both patients were taken to the hospital for treatment. The woman is said to be in stable condition at a burn center. Park officials say “significant storm activity” made air transport of the victims unavailable and they had to be taken to the hospital by ground.
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The summer of 2020 was hot, even for Tucson. But even hotter were the flames hungrily advancing through the landscape of the Santa Catalina Mountains overlooking the city. The Bighorn Fire, named for the mountain on which it was ignited by a lightning strike, burned for several weeks. By the time it was fully contained, it had scorched no less than 119,978 acres.
It was not, however, this mountain range's first tango with wildfires—nor will it be the last.
"Just during this 20-year period, there's been a lot of fire activity in the Catalinas," says Professor Donald Falk, who serves as chair of Global Ecology & Management in the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Institute of the Environment.
Peoria Firefighter Charities is giving away backpacks filled with school supplies in a drive-thru giveaway at the Community Center parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31.
Students must be present to receive a backpack and supplies are limited.
“The goal was to collect 500 backpacks with basic school supplies for any child in need in the Peoria Unified School District. So, (supplies) could be crayons, pencils, folders — the basics,” said Mark Barbee, spokesman for Peoria Firefighter Charities.
“We came together and thought about who in this school system needs the supplies, and a liaison from Peoria said, ‘Hey, I happen to work with foster and homeless kids in our system,’ and there’s about 200 to 250 families in that system, just for Peoria Unified School District.
VIDEO: Finding things to do with your kids for the summer isn’t always easy or cheap. One Arizona community took that to heart in central Pinal County.
“If this wasn’t open, I would have probably stayed at home, and in bed,” said a young girl named Nikole Linton soaked head to toe. Every summer Arizona City firefighters transform their headquarters into a children’s paradise. It’s a small unincorporated community south of Phoenix nestled in the desert.
“I mean, there’s really no other activity for them here in the summertime, we don’t have a city pool, we don’t have a city park,” said Fire Chief Jeff Heaton.
What neighbors do have is a group of first responders determined to meet its community's needs.
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