The fire that jumped onto Los Alamos National Laboratory’s TA 49 earlier this afternoon is out, according to lab spokesman Steve Sandoval. No other fire on lab property, no structures damaged, no injuries, Sandoval said.
Previously: The fire threatening Los Alamos and darkening skies across much of northern New Mexico has jumped across a state highway and onto land owned by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The portion of the Las Conchas wildfire that’s spread onto LANL property is being described as a 1-acre “spot” fire. It’s burning on the lab’s southwest boundary, in what’s known as Technical Area 49.
Technical Area 49 is a training facility for LANL’s hazardous materials response team and bomb squad, according to lab officials. It does not house any technical laboratory research sites.
The total size of the Las Conchas wildfire is now about 50,000 acres, according to a Joint Information Center that’s been set up by LANL and other agencies. The blaze has grown rapidly since starting yesterday near Conchas Campground.
LANL emergency officials also recently announced the lab will remain closed on Tuesday.