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Weather contributes to Los Alamos fire behavior

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Fire crews continue reinforcing fire lines and implementing structure protection plans for the west side of Los Alamos. The Las Conchas Fire has burned nearly 131,000 acres and is 30 percent contained.

The Forest Service says hot, dry weather Tuesday resulted in extreme fire behavior. Large plumes of smoke were visible from the communities of Santa Clara, Chicoma Mountain, Los Alamos, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and surrounding areas.

Fire officials say the communities were not threatened as the smoke and flames remained within the fire perimeter.

Pilots also reported 300 to 500 foot flames moving up the Polvadera Peak.

Meanwhile, the Los Alamos National Laboratory reopens Wednesday. The lab was forced to close because of the wildfire.