Out at Bandelier National Monument Friday, a large column of smoke rose from the southwest; which looked eerily similar to the beginning stages of the Los Conchas Fire, which started the afternoon of June 26.
“It’s a backburn,” said Gary Kemp, the Bandelier Fire Management Officer.
Firefighters from many different agencies continue to battle the record-setting blaze that has charred more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos town site and the national laboratory two weeks ago.
But almost lost in the chaos was what happened at Bandelier National Monument.
On that Sunday afternoon in late June, Kemp was in his backyard in White Rock working on a project.