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Science can help ease local wildfire threats

Lab is taking measures to prevent wildfires and the dangers they present by carrying out unique firefighting strategies across its 42 remote square miles
October 31, 2020
Smoky summer skies over Los Alamos and other surrounding communities provide yet another reminder that danger is just a spark away.

The laboratory has a long history of using advanced science to analyze wildfires and expose hidden risks associated with fire-related air quality issues resulting from smoke and soot.

Science can help ease local wildfire threats

by Michael Hazen

As drought and wildfires continue to devastate forests in Northern New Mexico and across the Western United States, it’s natural to wonder if we’re doing enough to keep our communities and lands safe. Smoky summer skies over Los Alamos and other surrounding communities provide yet another reminder that danger is just a spark away.

With that in mind, Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking measures to prevent wildfires and the dangers they present by carrying out unique firefighting strategies across its 42 remote square miles. The laboratory has a long history of using advanced science to analyze wildfires and expose hidden risks associated with fire-related air quality issues resulting from smoke and soot.

Read the rest of the story as it appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican.