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Nuclear weapons lab reopens as fire danger fades
Workers return to nuclear weapons lab in NM as danger from largest fire in state history fades
By The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ' It's still smoky in northern New Mexico, but life is returning to normal as thousands of employees are back at work after a wildfire had threatened the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory.

The Las Conchas fire had charred more than 204 square miles Wednesday. Firefighters have contained 30 percent of the blaze and the danger to Los Alamos National Laboratory and the town that surrounds it has waned.

Lab spokesman Kevin Roark says scientists and technicians will spend the next few days assessing the status of key research projects.

Lab officials will be adjusting schedules accordingly and working hard to get back on track. Roark says that could take at least a couple of weeks.


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