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The good news is firefighters battling the Thompson Ridge wildfire said they expect good firefighting weather for the next 10 days. That is, relatively low wind, and some moisture in the forecast. The bad news, the fire is not contained, and it keeps creeping slowly east toward Los Alamos.
Officials said that “as the crow flies” the fire is about 20 to 25 miles away from Los Alamos. They also added they didn’t see Los Alamos as being in any imminent danger.
This information was recently conveyed to an anxious group of residents who live around the Valles Caldera. They met with fire, emergency and government officials at the La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department headquarters Saturday.
Officials there told the group of their plans, and what they could do to help. The audience seemed anxious, but also appreciative of what the authorities were doing for them. There were even a few jokes cracked by authorities and audience members alike.
Gov. Susana Martinez also added a reassuring calm to the meeting, as she told the audience to prepare for evacuation, if and when it comes.
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