- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Bandelier National Monument officials are warning cross-country skiers and others going into forested areas of the Los Alamos-area monument to be aware of hazards from falling trees.

Stewart Robertson of the monument’s staff says there’s been a dramatic increase of trees killed in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire breaking and falling, particularly on windy days but even on calm ones.

Robertson says thousands of trees killed by the fire are now weak enough to fall in any direction.

He also says limbs and branches fall without warning and that one falling tree may hit another and another domino-style.


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