Los Alamos lab shuts over wildfire threat

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was closed June 27 due to the threat from approaching wildfires. Officials said all nuclear and other materials at the research laboratory were safe and accounted for.

An emergency operations unit remained active at the laboratory while authorities watched closely for a change in wind direction for the Las Conchas fire, last seen less than a mile from Los Alamos, according to a statement. Winds so far have been holding off the fire and smoke but a predicted change in direction could push the flames in the lab’s direction, the statement said.

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