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Update: Fire at Los Alamos Near Record Size

By Zelie Pollon

Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:53pm EDT

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – Firefighters inside a nuclear weapons complex in New Mexico scrambled on Thursday to clear brush near barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste stored just a few miles from a monster blaze roaring through surrounding forests.

The so-called Las Conchas Fire has charred nearly 93,000 acres of thick pine woodlands on the slopes of the Jemez Mountains since erupting on Sunday near the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was poised to become New Mexico’s largest ever wildfire by day’s end.

We’re seeing fire behavior we’ve never seen down here, and it’s really aggressive,” Los Alamos County Fire Chief Douglas Tucker told reporters, adding that earlier hopes of lifting evacuations in the area by this weekend had been dashed.  Full Story

Fire Stirs Old-Waste Concern For Los Alamos Lab

No Signs Of Radiological Release Yet, Lab Says

POSTED: 6:36 pm MDT June 30, 2011
UPDATED: 7:09 pm MDT June 30, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fire officials said it’s looking increasingly likely that the Las Conchas fire will not reach the Los Alamos laboratory, but there are still concerns about the areas around the facility which authorities said could be filled with decades-old waste.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said they really don’t know what’s in the ground around the nuclear facility, admitting that old contamination could be a big question mark when it comes to the long-term effects of the fire.

“We do know some things about what are there. (But) is our knowledge perfect? No. Is it zero? No,” McMillan said.

McMillan said there are areas off the lab property where waste was deposited decades ago, when safety standards were far lower.

McMillan said the laboratory continues to monitor air samples, and so far, there aren’t any signs of radiological release.

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Update: Los Alamos Fire Coverage Shown on KOATV Action 7 News


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Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Closes Fire Station, 2 Children Die in Blaze

Heartbreaking news from the city of Philadelphia today. A fire that engulfed a rowhouse took the lives of two young children and injured several others.

According to fire officials, the closest fire station had been closed due to budget cuts, forcing a crew from farther away to respond. Now the local media are asking if the extra distance had anything to do with the deaths.
CBS Philly has the grim details:

A 7-year-old and a 9-year-old were pulled from the row home on the 100 block of Sparks Street once firefighters were able to knock down the flames.

The engine that would have been first on the scene, Engine 61, was browned-out, or closed for the day, as part of the city’s cost-cutting measures.

Fire Department Lt. Mike Grant said, “Engine 51 took over for them, they got here in good order.”

On the other hand, Mike Kane, with Philadelphia Firefighters Union Local 22, says Engine 61 could have been on the scene in half the time.

How did fire stations end up on the budget chopping block? Maybe it had something do with the city’s priorities:

  • 50 million for parks and recreation
  • 128 million for public health
  • 480 million for city employee pensions
  • 32 million for libraries
  • 2 million for the city’s art museum

Prayers and sympathy go to the family as they sift through the rubble of their home tonight. I absolutely do not believe in using a child’s death to score political points, so by no means will I try to pin this on any party. Besides, even reliably red states like Indiana are suffering from budget collapses these days.
But it really makes you wonder when the American people will get serious about understanding our financial crisis.

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