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Chief Calls Wednesday 'Great' Despite Fire Jumping Into Los Alamos Canyon--video extra

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By Carol A. Clark

Fire officials have confirmed that the Las Conchas Fire entered Los Alamos Canyon late Wednesday afternoon.

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"We have encountered spot fires in Los Alamos Canyon," said Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson. "We've got helicopters flying overhead dropping water on the fires."

Despite the Los Alamos Canyon spot fires and some tense moments at the ski hill during the afternoon when fire jumped across Camp May Road, Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said this evening that, "Today was a great day!" "We're starting to turn the corner on this fire," Tucker said. "The Type 1 Team did a hell of a job today along with our Los Alamos firefighters and any fire coming on lab property or in to town has been greatly reduced. Tomorrow the townsite's going to see much less smoke."

Tucker explained that all the recent mitigation work around Los Alamos Canyon has alleviated any real threat posed by the spot fires.

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