Las Conchas Wildfire

In 2011, the Las Conchas fire burned nearly 157,000 acres, some of which drained into LANL. In 2000, the Cerro Grande fire burned nearly 7,000 acres on LANL property and nearly 47,000 acres total.

August 1, 2013
A NASA picture of the Las Conchas wildfire smoke plume.

A NASA picture of the Las Conchas wildfire smoke plume.

    What happens when a fire severely burns an area?

    The area cannot retain rainwater as easily and more runs off.

    LANL installs and maintains scores of runoff mitigation structures to slow the water and redirect it away from problem areas.

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