LOS ALAMOS, NM (KRQE) - A big party was held in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon to celebrate all those who helped so much during the Las Conchas fire.
The Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration decided they wanted to throw a party basically to say thanks to all those who stepped up and helped protect the lab and the townsite during the fire that began on June 26 and charred nearly 157,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains.
The fire, the largest in state history, forced the evacuation of the lab and town.
The director of the labs also used this as a chance to give back. He presented a nearly $60,000 check to 11 businesses that provided meals and other goods and services during the fire.
Gov. Susana Martinez was also on hand to thank everyone for their efforts. Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Fire Chief Doug Tucker were both given special plaques for their leadership during the fire.
"There's so many people that lost their homes and animals and things, so you know, for me it's a mixed bag," Tucker said. "It is very heartwarming that we have people that care enough to come in and tell the first responders thank you for what they did and the outcome. The outcome was there's no lives lost."
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