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Charred landscape left behind from wildfires near Los Alamos

Jae C. Hong / AP

A fire truck drives past trees burned during the Las Conchas fire in Los Alamos, N.M., on Thursday, June 30. Firefighters were confident Thursday they had stopped the advance of the wildfire that headed toward the Los Alamos nuclear lab and the nearby town that now sits empty for the second time in 11 years, even as they battled the blaze that crept into a canyon that descends into the town and parts of the lab.

Jae C. Hong / AP

A firefighter walks through the area burned by the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos, N.M., on June 30. With firefighters bracing for another day of strong, erratic winds, the wildfire near the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory and a northern New Mexico community was poised to become the largest forest fire in state history.

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