Wildfire triggers evacuations near Los Alamos

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 26, 2011 8:23 PM
Wildfire triggers evacuations near Los Alamos

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Authorities in New Mexico evacuated two communities after a fast-moving wildfire broke out a few miles from Los Alamos, authorities said on Sunday.

The blaze started early afternoon around 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos. It has charred around 800 acres and is zero percent contained, a spokesman with the San Fe National Forest said.

"It is running, crowning and spotting up to a half mile ahead of the fire," Lawrence Lujan told Reuters.

Residents in Cochiti Mesa and Los Conchas have been evacuated and power and telephone lines are down, Lujan said.

(Reporting by Zelie Pollon; Writing by Tim Gaynor: Editing by Eric Johnson)