US nuke lab shut down by wildfire

Officials believe the blaze will soon become the largest forest fire in New Mexico history.

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2011, 09:54 AM IST

Los Alamos: Despite strong, erratic winds, firefighters are confident they can keep a wildfire from reaching a mountain community in northern New Mexico that is home to America`s premier nuclear weapons laboratory.

The lab has been shut down since Monday, when all of the town of Los Alamos and some of its surrounding areas - 12,000 people in all - was evacuated.

Lines on the southern and western edges of Los Alamos National Laboratory are holding. But fire officials said on Thursday that flames have reached sacred Native American sites to the north.
The Las Conchas fire has charred nearly 145 square miles (375 square kilometres) since starting Sunday, and officials believe the blaze will soon become the largest forest fire in New Mexico history.

Bureau Report