Los Alamos Fire Department responded to three spot fires at Technical Area 36 on Los Alamos National Laboratory property Thursday afternoon and within in an hour, they were out, according to lab spokesman Kevin Roark.
“There were three small spot fires, less that a quarter acre total,” Roark said.
TA-36 has active firing sites that support explosives testing. Roark said Friday morning the fire was caused by fragments from an explosive site known as Eenie.
“An LAFD crew was on scene, which is standard procedure, but a second truck was called to assist,” Roark said. “ The fire department did an excellent job, and our fire mitigation efforts really paid off, keeping this fire under control and preventing it from spreading. “
On Thursday, Chief Troy Hughes said crews spent a fair amount of time mopping up the grassy area where the fires occurred.
"According to deputy chief Glenn Trehern, crews are working a grid pattern to determine they are no live embers or sparks that would set off another blaze," Hughes said.
All three fires were generally close together, Hughes said. But he did know exactly how far apart they were.
TA-36 is located along Pajarito Road and N.M. 4 in White Rock.