Pictures are coming in from the Los Alamos fire (the largest in area in recent New Mexico history) , and it is clear that the behavior of this fire was very different from its predecessors over the last 30 years. Areas that had burned in the last few decades showed minimal tree damage. The areas below burned in 1977 and will have grass and flowers by the end of August. Taken by Greg Kendall of Los Alamos.
Areas that have not burned recently did not fare as well. The heat was very intense and burned the entire tree up. This is due to too much fuel, and is Smokey The Bear’s legacy.
For the most part, the ski hill is intact, though runs at the periphery suffered significant damage.