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  • 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
  • NNSA Radiological Assistance Program to lend hand
  • Flames threaten renovated Bandelier visitor center


    Monitor Wire Report

    A wildfire that broke out west of Bandelier National Monument is threatening the renovated visitor center.

    Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker says the fire that broke out Sunday has the potential to grow much larger than its roughly 50,000 acres and is within a half-mile of Bandelier.

    The blaze forced the closure of the monument that's nestled among pine trees and canyons south of Los Alamos. Los Alamos itself was ordered evacuated Monday.

  • Evacuees find welcome in surrounding areas


    As Los Alamos evacuees fled the threat of the Las Conchas wildfire Monday

    afternoon, they dispersed to stay with friends and family, checked into hotels or found beds at shelters at the Santa Claran Resort Center and the Cities of Gold Casino.

    Residents were warned not to seek shelter in White Rock, in the event that mandatory evacuations were called for in that area. White Rock is currently under voluntary evacuation.

  • Crews issue final Las Conchas wildfire update--video extra

    Nearly a month after it began, fire crews issued the final Las Conchas update Thursday morning:

    FINAL Las Conchas Fire Update

    July 21, 2011

    Turman's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

    Cochiti Lake Fire Information lasconchasfireinfo@gmail.com

    877-631-5241, 877-631-5804, or 877-631-6407 www.inciweb.org/incident/2385

  • Bingaman: FEMA declares Las Conchas fire eligible for federal assistance