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Los Alamos fire: Crews gaining control of blaze

  • 7-1-2011

Firefighters battling the blaze threatening a top US nuclear weapons research lab are optimistic they are gaining control of the fire.

"It's been a great day," said Doug Tucker, fire chief of Los Alamos, New Mexico. "Everything is holding."

The firefighters have cleared brush and used flame-retardant foam to hamper the spread of the blaze.

The fire started on Sunday. Officials say nuclear waste at the laboratory is not threatened by the blaze.

The town of 12,000 people near the complex was evacuated Monday, and authorities have not said when they can expect to return.

Meanwhile, thousands of sophisticated experiments underway at the lab, where the world's first atomic bomb was developed in 1945, remain at a standstill.

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