Red skies illuminate Los Alamos sunset

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Thursday afternoon's hazy sky with its bright reddish-orange hue is reminiscent of the skies that filled the local area during the Cerro Grande Fire 11 years ago.

Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson explained that the eerie sky is cause by smoke from a massive fire burning in Arizona, which is being blown into Los Alamos by strong winds.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Forest Service says the Wallow wildfire in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona has burned more than 100,000 acres or 165 square miles.

Forest Service spokeswoman Mary Johnson in Alpine tells AP that no buildings in the scenic mountain community have been lost.

Johnson says firefighters will be spending Friday protecting buildings in Alpine from the wildfire.

Meanwhile, Johnson says earlier reports of embers landing in Alpine and setting spot fires are unfounded.

About 1,000 people have been affected by the wildfire and Alpine-area residents were told Thursday night to evacuate. Many left for shelters in Springerville and Pinetop-Lakeside.

Meanwhile, New Mexico residents are seeing smoke from the Arizona wildfire with heavy smoke being reported from Los Lunas to Los Alamos.

Read additional details in Friday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.