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Public Safety

  • Horses, owners find temporary home at SF Equestrian Center

    For this week at least, the Santa Fe Equestrian Center is home for the majority of the Los Alamos horses that are kept at North Mesa Stables.

    Others are being housed at Grandabon Farm in Lamy and the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.

    Getting the horses evacuated was a difficult task.

    Los Alamos resident Lisa Reader and many other horse owners had been through the Cerro Grande Fire so they knew what to expect.

    “During the Cerro Grande Fire, they did not let us back in but this year we were able to make numerous trips,” Reader said. “Last time, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Posse helped out and took the rest of the horses out which we were thankful for but we had no idea which horse went where.”

  • Fire battle begins to turn corner

    Despite the fact that spot fires entered Los Alamos Canyon and also jumped across Camp May Road causing some tense moments for firefighters, Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said Wednesday evening, “Today was a great day!”

    “We’re starting to turn the corner on this fire,” Tucker said. “The Type 1 Team did a hell of a job today along with our Los Alamos firefighters and any fire coming on lab property or in to town has been greatly reduced. Tomorrow the townsite’s going to see much less smoke.”

    Tucker explained that all the recent mitigation work around Los Alamos Canyon had alleviated any real threat posed by the spot fires.

  • LA County issues update on Las Conchas wildfire

    As of Thursday morning, fire crews reported the northern finger of the blaze is extending northward  toward the Santa Clara Pueblo.  Incident Teams continue work on all sections of the massive blaze, with two Type 1 incident management teams divided to work on the north and south ends of the fire.  Smoke over Los Alamos and White Rock was especially heavy this morning with a thermal inversion overnight, but smoke should clear later this morning.

  • 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.