Late one Wednesday night in May, my girlfriend and I spotted some smoke and
that it was a forest fire, but did not know how serious it was. We drove to my
The television broadcasted that all Los Alamos residents should be prepared to
laboratory; he called to say that work had been canceled for the rest of the week.
My dad laid lifeless on the couch, showing no emotion. One hour passed, and
still he hadn?t moved. Not only was the fire consuming up the Jemez Mountains, it
Mom and I sat with him watching the continuous coverage of the fire on all the local
place on that hill north of Santa Fe.
shooting hundreds of feet high torched anything and everything in its way. Tornado
like winds made it impossible for fire fighters and slurry bombers to try and stop the
a lot of the northern sky.
When my Mom and I got home from school that next day, my Dad said that the
fire was creeping closer and closer to the town and all the residents had to evacuate.
He was afraid that the fire would consume his friends homes as well as his job.
A few minutes later, it was confirmed that the fire had reached the outskirts of
the town. On the TV shortly after, we watched those houses burn uncontrollably; it
looked like a war zone. That night I went to bed pretty late, and I woke up the next
morning thinking that it was all a dream.
a town and forest that looked like the Apocalypse had swept threw it. Burning
come. Live reporters showed just how windy it was outside, with their hair standing
straight up and their jackets flapping louder than they could talk. We could hear
bombs in the background, thinking that the labs and all its nuclear secrets were up in
flames. The reporters assured us that the labs were intact, but butane bottles that
was safe and only the outskirts had been damaged.
At school, in all the class rooms, a TV was kept on to inform us of all the
They were preoccupied thinking of the fire.
One week after this hellish fire had scorched the Jemez Mountains and passed
right threw the outskirts of Los Alamos; the media was a reliable resource. They
kept the nation and most importantly my family informed of the ?Cerro Grande