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Today's News

  • Pre-Burns to Occur on LANL Western Boundary

    Fire crews on Wednesday morning will begin a series of targeted, preventative burns along the western edge of Los Alamos National Laboratory in an effort to further remove available fuels from the Las Conchas Fire. 
                Observers may notice increased smoke coming from the LANL border. At this time there is no wildfire on Laboratory property. 
    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.

  • '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.

  • Public information meeting draws large crowd

    A public information meeting concerning the Las Conchas wildfire was held Tuesday night at Pojoaque Valley High School. Governor Susana Martinez, B Michael Lopez (legislative assistant for Senator Tom Udall), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Speaker Ben Lujan and several Los Alamos County Council members were among those present. Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker was not present, nor were there any representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

    The meeting started at 6 p.m. and Tucker had a 7 p.m. news conference at Ashley Pond.

  • LANL fact sheet on fire safety improvements since Cerro Grande Fire

     

  • Lab announces closure Thursday, Friday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain closed through Friday 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.

  • County/LANL update

     

  • California Air Guard aids in NM wildfire fight

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling a blaze in northern New Mexico are getting help from the California Air National Guard.

    Air tankers with the 146th Airlift Wing are helping with the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos.

    The blaze has charred more than 60,000 acres of tinder-dry forest.

    Fire officials say 30 structures have been destroyed, but the fire has not damaged any buildings in Los Alamos or at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lt. Col. Bryan Allen is one of the pilots supporting the mission. He says the fire has grown at an alarming rate so he's glad to help.

  • Lab's McMillan: Safety comes first

     

    Director Charlie McMillan reiterated three things concerning the Los Alamos National Laboratory during a noon press conference today at Ashley Pond.

    The lab director, who has only been on the job since June 1, said there are currently no fires on the lab site, the nuclear materials are safe at the lab and that there has been no release of hazardous material.

    “I want to say thank you to the elected representatives who have been engaged in this process,” McMillan said. “And I want to say thank you to our neighbors in Santa Fe and Espanola.”

    Since the Las Canchos fire started Sunday, one small spot fire started at TA-49, but was extinguished within the hour Monday.

  • 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.”

  • Fire update as of 9:30 p.m.

       

    Date started: 1 p.m., Sunday.

    Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35.

    Cause: Unknown -- under investigation