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Beginning Wednesday, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.” An opening reception for the general public is from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Nearly one year ago the Las Conchas fire burned in forest areas surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and forced a one-week closure. The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico. The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to share their stories about the Las Conchas fire and other wildfires, listen to stories told by others and watch a slideshow that describes the community’s response to wildfires.
“I was at home looking forward to a quiet evening with Janet — it was our wedding anniversary — when I got a call to look outside,” LANL director Charlie McMillan recalled about the Las Conchas fire. “I knew right then it was going to be a long week.”
“I’ll never forget my first view of the Las Conchas fire from my backyard,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck. “It was as if a volcano was going off over the hills. I know Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico residents will have their own strong memories of living with wildfire, and this interactive exhibit gives our community a venue to tell them. It’s a shared experience that helps define and unite us as a community.”
The public can reserve time to record their stories online at lanl.gov/museum/participate/share-stories.shtml. The exhibit will remain up indefinitely.