Jupiter’s “southern lights” (also known as auroras) are shown in this animation of false-color maps from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Auroras result when energetic electrons from the magnetosphere crash into the molecular hydrogen in the Jovian upper atmosphere. The red coloring of some of the features indicates that those emissions came from deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere; green and white indicate emissions from higher up in the atmosphere.
Two engines from the Fresno Fire Department respond to a grass fire along Highway 41 at the Olive Avenue underpass on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29. According to bystander Mona Nunez, the fire started around 1:30 p.m. near the chain-link fence at the bottom of the embankment. There was no immediate word from the fire department on a cause.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson adjourned the State Assembly in memory of a Friant man killed while working on the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County on July 26.
“Thirty-five year old Robert Oliver Reagan III wasn’t a firefighter but he shared their spirit and was driven to serve others in their time of need. He was killed when the bulldozer he was operating as an independent contractor for Cal Fire rolled into a ravine.
“Friends remember Robert as being someone they could call on when they needed help. They say he would give anyone the shirt off his back if they needed it. Years after graduating from Yosemite High School, Robert is still fondly remembered by teachers as someone who loved anything mechanical and especially working with his hands.
“He was devoted to the love of his life, Morgan and their two young daughters Aubrey and Colbie. Robert’s death touched our District office as well. He is the cousin of one of our Field Representatives.
“Please join me in adjourning in his memory and keep his family and all the men and woman working on wildfires in your prayers.”
On July 29, 2016, a California Highway Patrol helicopter team rescued an ailing hiker from the Bear Creek area, southeast of Edison Lake in the high country of eastern Fresno County. Kelen Poorman of Oceanside was suffering from flu-like symptoms. A search-and-rescue team reached Poorman from the ground and stayed with him until the copter arrived.
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After the announcement of the first case of travel-associated Zika virus disease in Fresno County, Steve Mulligan, manager of the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District, talks about the habits of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the virus, during a news conference at the Fresno County Department of Health, Tuesday morning, July 5, 2016.
Cal Fire personnel are proactive in downing dead trees in the Shaver Lake area to try and protect homes from the potential of fire from the tinderbox situation of more than 60 million dead trees due to the bark beetle infestation.
President Barack Obama and the First Family visited Yosemite on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, spending Father’s Day weekend sightseeing Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. Saturday, Obama spoke to a select crowd about the importance of preserving the country's natural spaces.
When the weather heats up, so does your risk of heat-related health issues — dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Paying attention to the heat is especially important if you have a chronic illness such as diabetes. Here's what diabetics need to know about staying healthy in the heat.