New Mexico Fire Threatening Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory

A wildfire in the mountains above a northern New Mexico town has been causing spot fires to erupt near a government nuclear laboratory. Since Monday the firefighters have been trying to put out these spot fires so the wildfire would not touch the laboratory. The wildfire that is in the mountains is not as big a threat to the homes in the community as the possibility of the fire hitting the nuclear laboratory.

In Los Alamos the twelve thousand five hundred residents have been evacuated. This wildfire has grown quickly to sixty eight square miles which is equal to forty four thousand acres. It has also started one spot fire on the nuclear laboratory property. So far this wildfire has destroyed west and south of Los Alamos thirty structures and closed the lab. It has also brought back memories of the May 2000 fire that destroyed hundreds of buildings and homes.
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The officials at the nuclear laboratory said that the spot fire did not cause any contamination to be released and they have also stated that any radioactive materials that are stored in various areas of the laboratory are safe. This lab is the site where the scientists, during World War II, developed the first atomic bomb. As a matter of extra precaution, the laboratory cut natural gas to some areas. According to officials at the nuclear laboratory, the buildings were designed and built to withstand fires, especially the ones that are holding anything of a value or high risk for the community and New Mexico.

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