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Late one Wednesday night in May my girlfriend and I spotted some smoke and could see lava-like fire coming from the Jemez Mountains We knew right away that it was a forest fire but did not know how serious it was We drove to my house to ask my dad what was happening in and around the Atomic City He didnt know the details of the fire so we turned on the TV to get some information about it Every channel was talking about the Cerro Grande fire that had started from a prescribed burn The rest of that night we never left the couch The television broadcasted that all Los Alamos residents should be prepared to evacuate the following day The phone rang and it was my dads boss from the laboratory he called to say that work had been canceled for the rest of the week Shortly after that phone call the news anchor on the TV announced that there would no work for all Lab employees We figured that the fire must have been pretty serious My dad laid lifeless on the couch showing no emotion One hour passed and still he hadnt moved Not only was the fire consuming up the Jemez Mountains it was also eating my Dad He was really quiet and that is not his normal self My Mom and I sat with him watching the continuous coverage of the fire on all the local channels The news was keeping us well informed of all changes that were taking place on that hill north of Santa Fe The local stations helicopters showed us that this fire meant business Flames 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 raging fire From our house we could see a huge cloud of black smoke that covered
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