(Image: Fire 27 June 2011 268, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from losalamosnatlab's photostream)
Christian Science Monitor: "For the second time in 11 years, a New Mexico fire is threatening one of the nation's three nuclear-weapons laboratories, as well as the town that hosts it."
But don't worry, there are only 20,000 barrels of plutonium waste at the facility, and at the time of this blog posts, the fire is a full two miles away from the site where they're stored.
AP: "Lab personnel are monitoring the air for radionuclides and particulate matter."
An announcement on the home page of Los Alamos National Laboratories: "Laboratory to remain closed Wednesday, June 29. Only employees on an essential-duties access list will be permitted back onto Laboratory property during the closure, as notified by their line management. All others are urged to remain off-site until facilities have been safely reopened."
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