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Los Alamos, NM, 3 July 2011: A recent evacuee who returned to Los Alamos after the mandatory evacuation on June 27 contemplates the smokey scene at Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. Firefighters continue to  battle the northeast side of the Las Conchas Forest Fire which has moved through sacred land of the Santa Clara Pueblo and National Forest off Forest Service Road #144.  The Las Conchas fire continues to burn around Los Alamos. The National Laboratory is safe. The Las Conchas Wildfire threatened the city and Los Alamos National Laboratory, America's foremost nuclear research facility.  Los Alamos was the birthplace of the atomic age with the Manhattan Project during WWII.   At this point, the fast moving wildfire has consumed over 104,000 acres, making it the largest forest fire in New Mexico history.  A downed power line from intense winds is blamed for the origin of this devastating fire.  It is one of eight wildfires ravaging New Mexico and the second one to threaten Los Alamos in 11 years.  New Mexico is the driest state in the Union and has been under drought conditions for years. Albuquerque has had the driest year on record......
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