Nightly News   |  June 30, 2011

NM fire chief posts photos for worried residents

Late afternoon winds made it difficult for firefighters to gain ground against the blaze that continued to advance toward Los Alamos on Thursday, but officials said they were still confident the fire would not reach the nearby nuclear lab. NBC's Janet Shamlian reports.

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>>> we go now to the southwest and for the first time tonight we get to see what the fire in new mexico looks like from space. this is from a few days back as it bore down on the los alamos nuclear lab and the effort goes on tonight to beat back that fire. nbc's janet shanlian remains on the story tonight, janet , good evening.

>> reporter: this fire is about to become the largest in the state's history, less than 3% contained and these late afternoon winds are making it difficult to gain ground. firefighters are confident it won't reach the lab or the city of los alamos . the fbi director said the risk now is actually less than it was earlier in the week due to those intentional fires they have been setting to starve off the wildfires from their fuel. the mandatory evacuation order for this community will not be lifted until sunday at the earliest, perhaps even later. and to calm residents anxious about their homes, the police chief says they're going to start posting online aerial photos of the neighborhoods here so people can point and click and check.

>> janet shanlian at los alamos tonight.