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Public Safety

  • Airplane deployed to monitor air over NM fire

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 125-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.

    Lab authorities described the monitoring as a precaution, and they, along with outside experts on nuclear engineering, expressed confidence that the blaze would not scatter radioactive material, as some in surrounding communities feared.

    "Our facilities, our nuclear materials are all safe, they're accounted for and they're protected," said lab director Charles McMillan.

  • Chief Calls Wednesday 'Great' Despite Fire Jumping Into Los Alamos Canyon--video extra

    Fire officials have confirmed that the Las Conchas Fire entered Los Alamos Canyon late Wednesday afternoon.

    "We have encountered spot fires in Los Alamos Canyon," said Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson. "We've got helicopters flying overhead dropping water on the fires."

  • Tucker: No structures will be lost--video extra

    Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker assured a crowd of about 600 people that their homes would be safe from the destruction caused by the Las Conchas Fire.

    Tucker and a host of Los Alamos County officials, along with Gov. Susana Martinez, were on hand at a public briefing held Wednesday afternoon at White Rock Baptist Church.

    Tucker said the fire crews battling the Las Conchas blaze near Los Alamos were performing very well. He minced no words about whether the fire would reach homes in Los Alamos.

    “We are there, we are here in White Rock,” Tucker said. “I promise you we will not lose a structure in Los Alamos County.”

  • 'Flying lab' to monitor smoke near NM nuclear lab

     

    LOS ALAMOS— The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 110-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.

    Lab authorities described the monitoring as a precaution, and they, along with outside experts on nuclear engineering, expressed confidence that the blaze would not scatter radioactive material, as some in surrounding communities feared.

    "Our facilities, our nuclear materials are all safe, they're accounted for and they're protected," said lab director Charles McMillan.

  • Press conference offers hope

    Today’s press conference gave a lot of hope to those looking for something to hold on to during the Las Canchos Fire that is threatening Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “I would like to get everybody back in their homes by the end of this week – but this a big hope,” said Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker during a news conference Today at Ashley Pond.

    “The good news is that as of right now at 11:55 a.m. today — it is a good day. We have not lost any structures and there are no injuries. And that is the best we could hope for.”

  • Thousands evacuated from Los Alamos--video extra and photos added

    Click here to see our Special Edition: Favorable winds slow wildfire threat.

    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    Thousands were evacuated from Los Alamos, leaving the town a virtual ghost town.

    The 50,000-acre wildfire, which began Sunday, had destroyed 30 structures south and west of Los Alamos by early Monday and forced the closure of the lab while stirring memories of a devastating blaze in May 2000 that destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings.

  • AIR QUALITY ALERT!

    THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT.

    SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY. THE LAS CONCHAS WILDFIRE LOCATED SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS WAS CONTINUING TO PRODUCE A SUBSTANTIAL SMOKE PLUME STRETCHING OVER LOS ALAMOS... WHITE ROCK... ESPANOLA... NAMBE... AND ACROSS THE PACHECO WILDFIRE AREA. SOUTHWEST WINDS THIS AFTERNOON WILL TRANSPORT SMOKE FARTHER TO THE NORTH TOWARD THE TAOS AREA.

  • Las Conchas wildfire at 60,000+ acres; Los Alamos under mandatory evacuation -- photos added

    A wind-whipped wildfire in Jemez Springs has charred roughly 60,000 acres and  the Los Alamos Fire Department and other agencies ratcheted up their efforts to battle the blaze.

    County officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Los Alamos Town Site and residents left Monday afternoon.

    Shelters open at this time are the Santa Claran Resort Center, Cities of Gold Casino and Pojoaque High School. 

    A Type I Incident Management has been ordered and in its latest advisory, the Forest Service said, seven Hotshot crews (Type 1 crews), 12 Type 2 Crews, 7 engines, and 20 aircraft (12 air tankers and 8 helicopters). 

  • Construction Zone 06-26-11

    Public Works Projects: For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4
    Northbound from the Bridge — No left onto Canyon Road; use University. The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity should reopen mid-week; right turns at the signal may still occur. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • Power restored to 1,448 homes and businesses

    DPU spokesperson Julie Williams Hill said power was knocked out to 1,448 homes and businesses in North Community, Quemazon, Ponderosa, East Gate area and the Totavi Gas Station at 2:15 p.m. today.

    An overhead power failure is being blamed for the outage at North Community, Ponderosa and Quemazon.

    Hill said power to those areas was restored by 3 p.m. today and to the East Gate area at 4 p.m. today.

    The power outage initiated with a line at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Hill said.

    Check back on the cause of the outages to the laboratory and to the East Gate area.