Weather Contributes To Los Alamos Fire Behavior

Los Alamos, New Mexico –

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRWG) Fire crews continue reinforcing fire lines and implementing structure protection plans for the west side of Los Alamos.

The Las Conchas Fire has burned 130,691 acres as of Wednesday night but now is 40 percent contained.

The Forest Service says hot, dry weather Tuesday resulted in extreme fire behavior. Large plumes of smoke were visible from the communities of Santa Clara, Chicoma Mountain, Los Alamos, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and surrounding areas.

Fire officials say the communities were not threatened as the smoke and flames remained within the fire perimeter.

Meanwhile, the Los Alamos National Laboratory reopened Wednesday. The lab was forced to close because of the wildfire.

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