Regional
10:31 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Crews Report Progress Made On Los Alamos Wildfire

Los Alamos, New Mexico – LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRWG) Despite windy conditions, firefighters report some progress in battling a wildfire still burning in the mountains near Los Alamos.

In many areas, crews say they were able to extinguish residual heat near the perimeter, making the Las Conchas fire less likely to flare up and jump existing containment lines.

The fire has been burning since June 26 and has charred nearly 137,000 acres. It remains 40 percent contained as of Thursday night.

Thunderstorms, dry lightning and unpredictable wind gusts continue to be threats for firefighters.

Restoration teams arrived in the Los Alamos area Thursday as Gov. Susana Martinez warned residents about the possibility of increased flooding due to the severe fire season.

In addition to the federal teams, Martinez says state agencies are addressing threats to watersheds throughout New Mexico.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. KRWG