Los Alamos evacuated; fire burns in remote area of nuclear lab
By Summit Voice
ESPANOLA — Thick smoke filled the area from Santa Fe to Española and beyond Tuesday, as the Las Conchas wildfire burned unchecked in tinder try ponderosa pine forests near Los Alamos. The fire grew by 20,000 acres Tuesday to expand across a 60,000-acre footprint.
At last report Tuesday evening, the fire was still completely uncontained. Detailed info updated constantly at New Mexico Fire Info.
The acting Los Alamos County administrator has issued an evacuation order for his town, and the nearby town of White Rock is under a voluntary evacuation order. Evacuations may be ordered for other towns near the forest depending on the spread of the fire.
The fire has spread to a remote area of the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, but officials say there is no danger to any of the radioactive materials used and stored at the lab. The lab has been closed temporarily.
The fire is also burning near Bandolier National Monument. Crews are trying to stop the fire’s westward advance by building direct containment lines, and working to halt the northward spread beyond Pajarito Road with burnout operations. The monument is also closed until further notice. About 315 firefighters are battling the blaze.
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