On This Date: June 8th, 2002, Hayman Fire

The Hayman Fire was a forest fire that started 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Denver and 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Colorado Springs on June 8, 2002, and became the largest fire in the state’s recorded history. Hundreds of forestry officials and firefighters fought the fast-moving inferno, which caused nearly $40 million in damages, burned 133 homes and forced the evacuation of 5,340 people. Smoke could be seen and smelled across the state from Vail, 108 miles (174 km) northwest, to Burlington, 188 miles (303 km) east, and from Broomfield, 120 miles (190 km) north, to Walsenburg, 130 miles (210 km) south. The fire wasn’t contained until July 2, 2002 and was finally brought under control on July 18, 2002. The cause of the wildfire was found to be arson.

Source Credithttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayman_Fire

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