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June 29th, 2011
03:21 PM ET

New Mexico firefighters scramble to control blaze at edge of Los Alamos Nuclear Lab

New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce crews battling a third day against an out-of-control blaze at the edge of one of the nation's top nuclear weapons production centers.

The fire's leading edge burned to within a few miles of a dump site where some 20,000 barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste is stored at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, fire officials said.

Doug Tucker, Los Alamos Police Chief, joins Christine Romans this morning to talk about the status of the blaze and the threat that it poses to the nuclear facility.

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