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Las Conchas Fire: Day 5

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

This fire was in New Mexico and has become the largest fire New Mexico has ever seen, since the Cerro Grande Fire.

Since it started June 26, 2011, it has burned “103,993 acres” at 5% containment, with 1,508 personnel battling the fire.

Los Alamos, NM has been evacuated with “no date for re-opening the town site to the general public [having] been announced yet.”  White Rock, NM is also under a “voluntary evacuation.”

What makes this fire an extreme thing to look at is the fact that it’s about “12 miles southwest of Los Alamos,” where a nuclear lab is located.  Among the lab, other dangers include a gas pipeline, along with “extensive cultural and archaeological sites, watersheds and riparian areas.”  Another issue is that the fuels involved in the growth of Las Conchas are extremely dry, making it much easier for the fire to increase in size and a good bit harder for the men and women to fight to distinguish it.

The image below is from InciWeb.

Map of the Area Burned by Las Conchas

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July 1, 2011 - Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , ,

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