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West Road is open, fire extinguished

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Fire caused by arcing power lines

By Tris DeRoma

UPDATE: 4:24 p.m.

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Los Alamos County has restored power to customers in the Ski Hill, Fairway and Trinity areas following a wildfire today, according to the county spokeswoman.

Los Alamos fire crews extinguished a wildfire that broke out at 12:45 p.m. today on West Road, south of the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

There was no damage to the ice rink and no injuries reported. The fire was extinguished within an hour. West Road was reopened about 2:30 p.m.

Some homes near Fairway Drive and Trinity Drive were without power, according to Los Alamos County Spokeswoman Julie Habiger said.

“The Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen anticipate that power will be restored by 4 p.m.,” Habiger said.

The fire was caused by arcing power lines and is moving up the slope behind the ice rink, according to early reports from fire officials.

****** Fire crews are battling a wildfire that broke out about 12:45 p.m. south of the Los Alamos County Skating Rink this afternoon.

West Road is closed to traffic in the area and vehicles are being diverted through Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

Motorists will be asked to show identification or badges to pass through the property. Gusty winds are adding to the danger level, according to one witness.

Fire and police vehicles are on the scene, ushering emergency vehicles and directing traffic in the area. The fire was caused by arcing power lines and is moving up the slope behind the ice rink, according to early reports from fire officials.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.