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'Very, very big concern': Wildfire nears Los Alamos lab

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SANTA FE, N.M. — A wind-driven wildfire has forced the closure of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the evacuations of about 100 people in northern New Mexico, officials said early Monday.

U.S. Forest Service officials said that the fire had burned at least six square miles and was threatening buildings, power lines and natural gas lines. They said it was about one mile southwest of the government laboratory.

Lab officials has closed the facility and say all radioactive and hazardous materials were being protected. The site was founded during the Second World War to develop the world's first nuclear weapons.

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