NM Centennial - Weathering the Storm Pt. 3
Los Conchas Fire of 2011
A downed powerline in the Jemez Mountains in late June sparked what became the largest fire in state history. It charred 158,000 acres and destroyed 63 residences on Cochiti Mesa and surrounding communities.
No houses burned in Los Alamos, but the town and national lab were evacuated for the second time in 11 years.
Floods brought on by the monsoon season further devastated canyons scorched by Las Conchas, and it will take years for the forest terrain to recover. The one-two punch also devastated much of the popular Dixon's Apple Orchard.
Thanks to "New Mexico, 100 Years of Statehood" published by the Albuquerque Journal for this information.