Regional
10:12 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Crews Clearing Woods Around Los Alamos

Los Alamos – Los Alamos National Laboratory officials say personnel are thinning potential fuel sources for a wildfire near the lab.

One crew is working in the vicinity of the laboratory's radioactive waste storage and disposal facility.

Crews are using industrial-sized mowers and large-vegetation mulching machines to reduce grass, shrubs and small trees. Crews are spraying water to moisten potential ignition sources.

Similar work is under way in two other areas. Southwest of the community of White Rock along a power line corridor located between the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center and the laboratory's Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility.

Lab officials say there are no fires burning within lab property. The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire has burned 80,000 acres or 125 square miles. The fire is 3 percent contained.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.