FRISCO — The National Park Service wants public feedback to help guide the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust to the NPS. The last of three public meetings on the change is set for May 13 in Los Alamos (6-8:30 p.m. MDT, Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row).
Wildfire near Los Alamos 19 percent contained after destroying 63 homes
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — New Mexico fire officials said Sunday evening they’ve traced the ignition of the 122,000-acre Las Conchas Fire to an arcing powerline. Investigators were at the scene shortly after the fire started June 26.
They believe the fire started when an aspen tree blew down on to nearby power lines during a wind storm, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.
The contact resulted in the line arcing, which then caused the tree to catch fire. Heat and flame caused the line to snap, which then allowed the burning tree to fall onto the ground where the fire spread into nearby vegetation.
U.S. Forest Service closes large parts of Carson National Forest; preventive burns conducted to prevent westward spread of fire
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters in New Mexico Wednesday sprayed roadside vegetation, set preventive fires and even used industrial lawnmowers in their battle to keep the Las Conchas Fire, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, from spreading into the grounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory, even as the fire’s footprint grew by another 10,000 acres to reach a total of more than 80,000 acres by Thursday morning.
The fire started June 26 and the cause is still under investigation. Frequently updated information and links to all other fire info resources are online at Inciweb and and at New Mexico Fire Info.
No fire burning on Los Alamos National Laboratory lands; air sampling detects no radiation from nuclear facility
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.