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  • Pre-Burns to Occur on LANL Western Boundary

    Fire crews on Wednesday morning will begin a series of targeted, preventative burns along the western edge of Los Alamos National Laboratory in an effort to further remove available fuels from the Las Conchas Fire. 
                Observers may notice increased smoke coming from the LANL border. At this time there is no wildfire on Laboratory property. 
    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.

  • Public information meeting draws large crowd

    A public information meeting concerning the Las Conchas wildfire was held Tuesday night at Pojoaque Valley High School. Governor Susana Martinez, B Michael Lopez (legislative assistant for Senator Tom Udall), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Speaker Ben Lujan and several Los Alamos County Council members were among those present. Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker was not present, nor were there any representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

    The meeting started at 6 p.m. and Tucker had a 7 p.m. news conference at Ashley Pond.

  • LANL fact sheet on fire safety improvements since Cerro Grande Fire


  • County/LANL update


  • California Air Guard aids in NM wildfire fight

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling a blaze in northern New Mexico are getting help from the California Air National Guard.

    Air tankers with the 146th Airlift Wing are helping with the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos.

    The blaze has charred more than 60,000 acres of tinder-dry forest.

    Fire officials say 30 structures have been destroyed, but the fire has not damaged any buildings in Los Alamos or at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lt. Col. Bryan Allen is one of the pilots supporting the mission. He says the fire has grown at an alarming rate so he's glad to help.

  • Lab's McMillan: Safety comes first


    Director Charlie McMillan reiterated three things concerning the Los Alamos National Laboratory during a noon press conference today at Ashley Pond.

    The lab director, who has only been on the job since June 1, said there are currently no fires on the lab site, the nuclear materials are safe at the lab and that there has been no release of hazardous material.

    “I want to say thank you to the elected representatives who have been engaged in this process,” McMillan said. “And I want to say thank you to our neighbors in Santa Fe and Espanola.”

    Since the Las Canchos fire started Sunday, one small spot fire started at TA-49, but was extinguished within the hour Monday.

  • Fire update as of 9:30 p.m.


    Date started: 1 p.m., Sunday.

    Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35.

    Cause: Unknown -- under investigation

  • Towns near NM fire, nuclear lab wary of smoke



    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — Residents downwind of a wildfire that is threatening the nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory are worried about the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames reach thousands of barrels of waste stored in above-ground tents.

    "If it gets to this contamination, it's over — not just for Los Alamos, but for Santa Fe and all of us in between," said Mai Ting, a resident who lives in the valley below the desert mesas that are home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Shelter for the rest of the family

    Espanola Valley Humane Society Community Outreach Director Nina Chiotassa
    checked in the 91st pet evacuee as Shelter Manager Lisa Gipe hung “shelter full”
    signs outside. Those in need of shelter for their pets are being directed to the
    Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society at 100 Caja Del Rio Road (off the
    Veterans Memorial Highway SR599 bypass) in Santa Fe.

    Gipe had just returned from what may be the shortest vacation on record. When
    she arrived in Creed, Colo., she found messages about the evacuation waiting for
    her. She got back in her car and returned to Española.

  • LANL update