Firefighters beat back flames near nuclear lab | ReutersFirefighters in New Mexico struggled through Monday night to hold back a fierce blaze roaring out of control at the edge of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a sprawling nuclear weapons complex that includes a plutonium facility.
Latest reports (from a couple of my friends that stayed behind) is that there are pockets of fire as close as 1/4 mile from the houses in Northern Area.
Northern Area sits beside 2 canyons, and is near the spot where the town was literally saved 10 years ago during the Cerro Grande Fire. 2 slurry bomber pilots made key drops (right as they were getting called back due to high winds), which kept the fire from entering Pueblo Canyon. Pueblo Canyon runs right along the entire townsite and it would have been devastating if the fire had entered it.
Now we are facing the same thing again, but this time the fire is a little bit more pissed off it seems. Cerro Grande ended up burning 48,000 acres over 2 weeks and took 200+ homes. This one started at 1PM local time Sunday, and as of 5PM Monday, was already 46,000+ acres. That's 28 hours for those keeping score at home.
I am evacuated and down at my home in Albuquerque. The winds here have been absolutely insane from about 7PM onward, and are just now starting to let up. There have been no choppers or bombers in the air since about 5PM. All we can hope for right now is that they are able to keep the fire from entering Pueblo Canyon. If it goes it will be a nightmare.