Friday, July 1, 2011

Fire Threatening Los Alamos Lab Nears Record Size

The Las Conchas Fire, as the wildfire is officially called, is expected to become the largest in New Mexico history.

The blaze that started on June 26 in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned approximately 92,735 acres and is set to surpass the 2003 Dry Lake Fire that burned more than 94,000 acres of Gila National Forest.

Fire officials, nevertheless, remained confident Thursday that despite strong, erratic winds, the New Mexico fire would not reach the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the premier nuclear-weapon laboratory in the country, even as they battled the blaze that crept into a canyon that descends into the town of Los Alamos and parts of the lab.

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