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Los Alamos Fire Grows by 20 percent in 2 Days

Posted by feww on July 4, 2011

Las Conchas blaze has now consumed at least 121,248 acres

Las Conchas fire continues to grow despite higher relative humidity in the fire area

Las Conchas Fire Map, July 2-3, 2011. Click image to enlarge. Full Size.

Las Conchas Fire Summary of Details

  • Size: 121,248 acres
  • Percent Contained: 11%
  • Fuels Involved: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
  • Date Started: 06/26/2011
  • Location: On Santa Fe National Forest in Sandoval, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba Counties; Santa Clara Reservation; Bandelier National Monument; Valles Caldera National Preserve and private in-holdings.
  • Cause: Human – under investigation [The fire was reportedly ignited by a fallen power line] 
  • Resources: 1,995 Personnel; 18 Helicopters; 72 Engines; 26 Water Tenders; 8 Dozers
  • Residences: 450 threatened; 63 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 140 threatened; 32 destroyed
  • Injuries to Date: 4


Las Conchas Fire
. Looking toward the caldera from fire camp. Credit: B. Stalter

Las Conchas Fire
. A pyrocumulus cloud is visible from the Valles Caldera. Credit: J. Coil

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