No fire burning on Los Alamos National Laboratory lands; air sampling detects no radiation from nuclear facility
The Las Conchas Fire burning in mixed forest near Los Alamos, New Mexico. PHOTO BY GLENN SIMPSON, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. Click on the photo to see the Flickr feed from the Las Conchas Fire.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Las Conchas wildfire, burning near Los Alamos, New Mexico, has destroyed 12 buildings and threatens several others as it spread across a 69,000-acre footprint in the past few days.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the 12 structures are in Cochiti Canyon, above the town and dam of Cochiti Lake, about halfway between Albequerque and Bandelier National Monument. In an email, a staffer with the Albuquerque Journal wrote that most of Bandelier has burned, but that the historic visitor center is OK.
The Journal reports on the fire here, with detailed photo coverage including reader photos.
Officials said in a June 29 briefing that there is currently no fire on the grounds of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and that air sampling has not shown any radioactive materials from lab operations of legacy waste in smoke from the Las Conchas fire. More at the New Mexico Fire Info website.
Firefighters are setting preventive fires at the western edge of the fire to prevent the spread of flames on to the grounds of the laboratory. About 350 firefighters, using 12 engines, four bulldozers and five helicopters, are battling the blaze, which is now 3 percent contained, according to an Inciweb update published June 30.
Excellent coverage of the wildfires in New Mexico, including a continual live blog, is consolidated online at the Santa Fe New Mexican website. Continue reading
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