March 24, 2002 |
Wind-whipped grass fires pushed into affluent residential areas in the pine-studded southern New Mexico mountains Saturday, burning at least 32 homes and forcing more than 1,300 residents to evacuate. Two fires consumed at least 3,400 acres, including 1,000 acres in the Kokopelli Fire, named after a subdivision where the homes burned, firefighters said.
June 3, 2001 |
Firefighters ordered the evacuation of hundreds of homes in four subdivisions Saturday as a 700-acre wildfire grew quickly in whipping winds. About 100 National Guard troops from Roswell were placed on emergency active duty Saturday to provide security, water and electric generators in the fire-besieged community, Guard spokesman Tom Koch said. "Their primary function is to provide security," Koch said.
June 30, 2000 |
The first bills are arriving for the massive wildfire that ravaged Los Alamos National Laboratory and the surrounding community in New Mexico last month, and the cost to taxpayers already is steep: More than $660 million to repair damage and settle claims in the aftermath of a government-started blaze that spun out of control. That total was included in an $11.2-billion spending accord reached this week by key lawmakers that the House approved Thursday, 306 to 110.
May 20, 2000 |
Two raging wildfires in the southwestern United States--one in New Mexico and the other in Arizona--that were started by government-ordered controlled burns and turned into roaring monsters appeared to be coming under control Friday. New Mexico's worst wildfire was slowing down and should be entirely contained by Monday after raging for nearly two weeks, devastating the town of Los Alamos and scorching the largest U.S. nuclear weapon lab, officials said.
May 19, 2000 |
National Park Service officials who deliberately ignited the fire that ravaged Los Alamos, N.M., did not follow proper procedures and failed to ensure that enough firefighters were available to control the blaze, according to a preliminary report by the Interior Department. An investigative team appointed by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt concluded Thursday that Park Service officials "failed to properly plan and implement" established procedures for a controlled burn.
May 16, 2000 |
Most of the town of Los Alamos, evacuated ahead of a raging wildfire last week, was reopened for residents Monday. But the worst-hit neighborhoods and the biggest U.S. nuclear weapon lab remained closed indefinitely, officials said. As firefighters continued to battle the northern spread of the blaze that has consumed more than 44,300 acres, officials decided its southern flank was contained well enough to allow people back into the town that adjoins Los Alamos National Laboratory.