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Fire is the topic of discussion at Fuller Lodge
The public is invited to a talk and walk commemorating the 1977 La Mesa Fire on the anniversary of the incident.
The lecture is sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and Bandelier National Monument. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
On the anniversary week of one of the most significant fires in the Jemez Mountains, Teralene Foxx will discuss what she has learned in more than 30 years of studies and discuss why the 15,000-acre fire is significant, even though there have been several more massive wildfires since 2000.
On Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m., the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Bandelier National Monument will sponsor a walk to study plots on Burnt Mesa. Participants will be able to see first-hand the influence of fire on the ecological succession of the area.
At approximately 3:55 p.m., on June 16, 1977, a fire crew responded to a fire on Mesa del Rito.
Within hours, the fire raced across the mesas and canyons of Bandelier National Monument and the Santa Fe National Forest.
On June 18, the fire blazed across N.M. 4 into Los Alamos National Laboratory and headed for community of Los Alamos. Weather changes allowed for containment.
For six days and nights the fire was fought and finally contained on June 22.
Education exhibit opening Friday
“Celebrating Los Alamos Education: Past, Present and Future” is opening Friday. The opening will be 4 p.m. at the Historical Museum.
This exhibit explores the history of education in Los Alamos from the Los Alamos Ranch School on up to the present.
Features in the exhibit include photos from the Los Alamos Historical Society’s archives and even a robot.
Summer program for all ages
“History Adventures at Fuller Lodge,” educational programs and activities for children in third grade and younger, are scheduled for 10 a.m. every Tuesday in June and July. There will be a repeat program at 11 a.m.
All programs take place on the Fuller Lodge lawn.
The Historical Society has teamed up with nearby organizations to present these programs:
June 17 — Bradbury Science Museum
June 24 — YMCA
July 1 — Adobe Making with Cornerstones Community Partnerships
July 8 — Valles Caldera (only one program at 10 a.m.)
July 15 — Los Alamos Co-Op Market
July 22 — TBA
July 29 — Burro packing with Spanish Aparejo Burro , with live burros at the Lodge.
For more information call Natalia, museum educator at 695-5251.