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Monday, June 27, 2011

Los Alamos nuclear lab evacuated over wildfire threat

A rapidly growing wildfire in New Mexico has forced the shutdown and evacuation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear weapons were developed during the second world war. Officials say all nuclear materials at the site are accounted for and protected.
This maps shows where the wildfire started, and the location of Los Alamos National Laboratory:

View Los Conchas Fire, New Mexico in a larger map
This timelapse video also shows the smoke from the Las Conchas from Los Alamos:

Yesterday's red flag conditions (hot temperatures, low humidity, high winds) contributed to the intense fire behavior and rapid fire growth.
SantafeNF SantafeNF
Las Conchas IR flight confirms the fire is now 43,597 acres in size.
GadiRoget GadiRoget
In less than 24 hrs the #conchas fire has grown to the size of whats burning in NM from Track & Wallow fire combined #kob4 #lanl #nmfire
This shot was taken from the roof of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
As the fire grew dramatically in size, the Los Alamos nuclear laboritory was shut down and evacuated:
The lab uses plutonium to craft atomic bomb cores. InciWeb reported that "all radioactive material is appropriately accounted for and protected."
Los Alamos National Security employs about 9,000 workers at the lab, backed up by about 650 contractors and 120 Energy Department employees.
LosAlamosNatLab LosAlamosNatLab
Fire update. Lab closed Mon. Las Conchas fire not on LANL property as of 8 pm Mtn.. All radioactive material accounted for and protected.
LosAlamosNatLab LosAlamosNatLab
#NMfire update: As a precaution, LANL overnight cut natural gas to Lab's remote technical areas in southwest portion of property.
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