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The University of California San Diego's engineering institute at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is illuminated by flames behind it in Los Alamos, N.M., on Tuesday. Thousands of people were driven from their homes, but officials tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive lab materials. (Associated Press)

The University of California San Diego's engineering institute at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is illuminated by flames behind it in Los Alamos, N.M., on Tuesday. Thousands of people were driven from their homes, but officials tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive lab materials. (Associated Press)

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