According to the U.S. Forest Service, when this image was taken, the fire had consumed 86,000 acres and has become Colorado's worst fire ever. This type of imagery is used to assess and measure damage to forest and other types of land cover. It also is used for fire modeling, disaster preparedness, insurance and risk management and disaster mitigation efforts to control erosion or flooding after the fire is out. One-meter high-resolution imagery from IKONOS can also be used to evaluate damage to individual structures.
To view these images go to: http://www.spaceimaging.com/newsroom/fires_2002.htm#hayman.