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Los Alamos evacuation order lifted, but tribes fear destruction of sacred sites

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A smattering of rain has given firefighters a boost as they battle a huge forest fire near Los Alamos, N.M.

The progress has been enough to give authorities the confidence to allow about 12,000 people to return home for the first time in nearly a week.

Residents have been rolling into town, honking horns and shouting thank you to firefighters. One man headed back to his apartment in the heart of town teared up as he described the situation as "scary" but praised authorities for being prepared and fire crews for doing "a magnificent job."

While the threat to Los Alamos and the nation's top nuclear research lab has passed, the nearly 190-square-mile wildfire raging still threatens sacred sites of American Indian tribes. Fire officials say the flames are just miles from centuries-old cliff dwelling and have damaged the area the Santa Clara Pueblo considers its birthplace.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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