A large plume of smoke is streaming northeast from the Hayman Fire (north of center), southwest of Denver, Colorado. The fire, already 77,000 acres, is extremely active and still spreading north-northeast toward Denver. Although shifting winds slowed the fire’s progress, evacuation of thousands of residents is still a possibility. Other large fires shown are the Missionary Ridge Fire, north of Durango, Colorado (southwest of the Hayman Fire), and the Ponil Fire in northern New Mexico (south of the Hayman Fire).
Numerous large wildfires are scorching the western United States in June. Firefighters in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico are battling several large fires, including the 100,000+ acre Hayman Fire southwest of Denver, Colorado.