Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Field Office of the National Nuclear Security Administration released the following update to the community tonight on the status of the Cerro Pelado fire in the Jemez Mountains.
High winds continue to blow smoke into the Los Alamos, White Rock and Española area, and create challenges for firefighters in the Jemez Mountains.
The fire is approximately 6 miles from the Lab property, pushing southeast toward Cochiti Mesa. See the current fire map. No Los Alamos County evacuations are planned at this time.
Although the Cerro Pelado fire does not pose an immediate threat to the community of Los Alamos, County officials announce that Monday morning it will close the White Rock Visitor Center and RV Park at 115 NM 4. This precautionary measure allows additional fire starting if necessary and limits tourists from outside the city.
Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos County Campgrounds are closed until further notice.
To note: The fire did not cross NM 4 from the south. Firefighters closed NM 4 from Mile 35 to the West Jemez Road intersection.
Beverley Simpson, Los Alamos County Emergency Manager, recommends residents read the pamphlet on the “Ready, set, go !” forest fire preparedness program, in case circumstances change. She also suggests that residents sign up for code red by texting LOSALAMOS to 99411 to receive county emergency alert notifications.
The South Area Red Incident Management Team will hold another public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. to Los Alamos to provide an update on the fire. Viewers can also participate remotely via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88609972433.
The lab, Los Alamos County and the NNSA field office continue to monitor the fire as a unified response and will provide daily updates as long as needed. Emergency operations managers in Los Alamos and Sandoval counties rely on technical expertise from the lab and NNSA, as well as that of the Los Alamos County Fire Department. Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes reminds the community that this has no negative impact on LAFD’s ability to respond to county or lab calls.
Be sure to rely on official sources for the latest information on the Cerro Pelado fire, such as the following resources:
United States Forest Service website
Inciweb incident page
Facebook page of Cerro Pelado Fire
Sandoval County Fire Alert Page
Fire Information: Phone: 505.312.4593; E-mail: [email protected]