Science On Tap: Local Wildfire Risk


What is the local wildfire risk? How is Los Alamos National Laboratory preparing for the fire season?

Explore these questions with the Bradbury Science Museum and Manny L’Esperance at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

According to L’Esperance, with the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness group, Los Alamos has seen the least amount of snow since the recordkeeping began back in 1906. This puts the Laboratory at extreme risk for wildfire. In order to protect the Lab, its property and people, wildfire mitigation planning began 30 days early this year.

During this talk, the audience will learn the level of risk the Lab faces and how it is running thousands of fire and fuel modeling scenarios using Santa Fe-based Simtable technology to ensure that the Laboratory is as prepared as it possibly can be. They will also learn how the Lab is coordinating with other regional entities since fire doesn’t care about artificial boundaries.

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Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome! On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Creative District, project Y Cowork Los Alamos, and the Los Alamos Research Park.