Just an update on the Las Conchas fire…
I’ve received a few emails from folks wondering if I’m in the path of the fire that’s threatening Los Alamos county and the lab. I appreciate the concern, very much! But I’m comfortable and safe. I don’t live near the Las Conchas fire area. Please save your good thoughts and prayers for folks in the path of the fire.
(I actually live much closer to the Pacheco fire near the ski basin in the Santa Fe National Forest.)
As I mentioned yesterday, I was under instructions not to go to work today. The same holds for tomorrow– parts of Los Alamos county underwent mandatory evacuations today. (Including the neighborhood where I used to live when I did live up on “The Hill”, as they call it around these parts.)
I feel terribly for my friends and coworkers who live in the affected areas. Many, if not most, of those folks endured the infamous Cerro Grande fire of 2000. I can’t imagine having to go through it all over again.
But, like I said, I’m safe. Thanks for your concern.
I took a drive this evening toward the northwest side of Santa Fe, where I could get a view toward Los Alamos. (Went to the west end of West Alameda, the ridgetop just before it descends to join up with 599, for you locals.) Could definitely see the fire from there. It turned the clouds pink, and the flames themselves are visible and distint from the city lights of Los Alamos.