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  • Santa Clara Pueblo declares state of emergency

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A raging blaze that has become one of the largest forest fires in New Mexico history left the leader of one Native American community with a sinking feeling Thursday as it burned through cultural sites and threatened an important water source for his people.

    Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno declared an emergency for the pueblo because of the damage being done by the Las Conchas fire. It has charred nearly 145 square miles, including 6,000 acres within the pueblo's watershed.

    "This is a fire like we've never seen before," Dasheno told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

  • Limited number of county employees to report to work Friday

     

  • County asks employees to check in with supervisors

     

    Los Alamos County officials are beginning to work on
    a plan to recall County employees in preparing to re-open the townsite
    in the near future.
    No date for re-opening the townsite to the general
    public has been announced yet; the threat of the Las Conchas fire is
    still too imminent. Employees necessary to the re-start of County
    operations will be notified via postings to the County’s webpage, or,
    by phone calls from their supervisor.
    Employees who evacuated during
    the fire who have not contacted their supervisor are being asked to
    phone in to their supervisor with their availability to assist in
    planning for the recall.

  • Return not imminent for Los Alamos residents

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said there has been some talk about residents possible being able to return to the town site by Friday or Saturday.

    Tucker said Thursday that is not going to happen anytime soon and he did not offer a timetable for a possible return.

     “We are not going to put you in here until the Type 1 team says it is safe. This is not the Cerro Grande Fire,” Tucker said at the noon press briefing Thursday. “Repopulating will be a lot easier. Utilities are on and there is no rebuilding to be done. But we can’t let people back in where there is active fire in these canyons.”

  • Las Conchas Fire photos from 06-30-11
  • In brief 06-30-11

    ACI canceled

    The Atomic City Invitational golf tournament has been officially called off, Los Alamos Golf Course officials announced.
    The ACI, the oldest match-play tournament in the state, has been canceled this year due to the Las Conchas Fire. The tournament was scheduled to start Friday.
    This is only the second time in the tournament’s history it has been canceled. The other time was in 2000, when Los Alamos was still trying to recover from the effects of the Cerro Grande Fire.
    LAGC professional Donnie Torres confirmed the tournament’s cancelation.
    The tournament has been hosted by LAGC since 1954.

  • Update 06-30-11

    Support for LA
    Los Alamos County is receiving an outpouring of support from the public for donations and volunteers. The public is asked to call Daniel Meza at the Red Cross at 505-265-8514.

    Essential services
    Los Alamos County continues to be on an “essential services” only basis today for business. This means limited staff will be available and some offices will be closed completely.

    311 Center is open
    Los Alamos County’s 311 Customer Care Center is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The county will continue to post updates to 1610 AM with community information about the Las Conchas Fire.

    County facilities closed

  • Kiwanis July 4th fireworks show postponed

    Due to the wildfire, the Annual Kiwanis Independence Day event with evening fireworks display has been CANCELED. The event was planned at Overlook Park on Monday, July 4th. It will be rescheduled for another date.

  • AG warns of wildfire scam

     

    SANTA FE — New Mexico's top prosecutor is warning residents about fake phone calls that are attempting to solicit money to benefit victims of the wildfire burning near Los Alamos.

    Attorney General Gary King says his office and the Red Cross are getting complaints from New Mexicans who are receiving automated calls that ask for financial contributions for fire victims.

    The calls are requesting personal information.

    Red Cross New Mexico confirms it's not soliciting funds via the automated calls.

    King's office says consumers who receive this type of fraudulent call should not share any information that is requested.

  • LANL Announces Closure for Friday, July 1

    Los Alamos National Laboratory this afternoon announced it will remain closed through Friday, July 1 because of risks presented by the Las Conchas Fire and the mandatory evacuation of Los Alamos town site.

    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.