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Although the threat to Los Alamos and the nation's premier nuclear research lab has passed, the mammoth wildfire raging in northern New Mexico still threatens sacred sites of American Indian tribes.
Las Conchas wildfire is now the largest wildfire on record in New Mexico. Los Alamos National Laboratory remains unscathed, as firefighters battle to contain the blaze.
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Big fires have happened before in New Mexico, but scientists see a recent pattern that may be the most severe since the last Ice Age. Among the causes: fuel buildup due to fire suppression, a decline in the annual snowpack, and warmer climate.
New Mexico wildfires are near the boundaries of the 23,000-acre Los Alamos National Laboratory, which holds some low-level radioactive material in an above-ground storage facility about three miles from the flames.
Mop up operations continued along the northern edge of the Gila National Forest fire. The fire grew to more than 190,000 acres, or nearly 300 square miles, as of May 31, racing across the area's steep, ponderosa pine-covered hills and through its rugged canyons in New Mexico near the Arizona border.
New Mexico fires, having blazed through 61,000 acres in three days, now approach Los Alamos. Residents have evacuated and the fireproofed buildings of the National Laboratories are about to be put to their second test in 11 years.