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06/28/2011 12:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New Mexico Fires Now Cover 93 Square Miles, Force Thousands To Evacuate (VIDEO)

Firefighters have been working relentlessly near Los Alamos, New Mexico to put out spot fires burning ahead of a massive wildfire Tuesday.

The AP reports that 12,500 people have been evacuated from Los Alamos as a result of the fires, which have grown to cover an area of 93 square miles.

The fires sparked fears due to their close proximity to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a research facility that has several metric tons of plutonium as well as other hazardous materials.

The facility was evacuated Monday, but officials have stressed that everything is under control.

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