Scene of the Las Conches Fire June 26, 2011, which ultimately burned 156,593 acres. Courtesy/NWS
Friday marked the 9th anniversary of the Las Conches Fire, which began June 26, 2011 when a tree fell on a power line 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos.
The fire spread quickly, burning more than 40,000 acres its first day.
By the time it was contained at the end of the month, the fire burned 156,593 acres. At the time it was the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.
Las Conches Destruction:
- Damaged or destroyed 80 homes as well as numerous outbuildings;
- Completely destroyed 10 vehicles;
- Forced evacuations of Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Bandelier National Monument;
- Burned portions of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier and Santa Clara, Cochiti, San Ildefonso and Santa Domingo Indian Reservations; and
- Closed N.M. 4 and N.M. 501 for a time.
Source: National Weather Service