Los Alamos evacuation order lifted; 12,000 go home

A wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains skips across a ridge of trees as seen Rio Rancho, N.M., on Sunday, June 26, 2011. The fast-moving wildfire forced officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to close the site Monday as residents nearby evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

July 3, 2011 2:49:23 PM PDT
A smattering of summer rain gave a boost to firefighters battling a huge forest fire near Los Alamos, giving authorities enough confidence to allow about 12,000 people to return home for the first time in nearly a week.