Wildfire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest Threatens Los Alamos


The Las Conchas fire currently burning in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest and the Bandelier National Monument has swelled to between 45,000 and 60,000 acres in size and threatens numerous areas.

According to the latest InciWeb report, the Los Alamos National Laboratory site has been closed, and nonessential employees ordered to stay away.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the city of Los Alamos at 1:45 pm, and White Rock remains under voluntary evacuation. Cochiti Mesa, Las Conchas, Bandelier National Monument, and campgrounds near the fire have also been evacuated.

The surrounding area includes numerous Indian reservations, including the Nambe, San Ildefonso, Tesuwue and Cochiti Pueblos, although InciWeb does not currently designate any of them as threatened by the Las Conchas fire. InciWeb does list the Nambe and Tesuque Pueblos as threatened by the Pacheco Fire, which is nearly 10,000 acres in size.