This second image is from NASA's Earth Observatory. They report: "On May 30, 2013, a downed power line ignited the Tres Laguna Fire in a rugged, forested area north of Pecos, New Mexico. A day later, the Thompson Ridge Fire emerged in Valles Caldera Preserve, blazing through forests of ponderosa pine. On June 1, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of both fires. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures that are associated with fires."
New Mexicans are not particularly surprised by these fires since we live in what's currently the most drought-stricken state in the U.S., according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. We have what they call a "exceptional drought." That's a five on a scale of five; worse than a "severe" or "extreme" drought. I'm curious what we'll call it if it gets even worse.
But there is some hope in sight. July in the Southwest typically starts the monsoon season. We're all anxiously waiting for that, which ought to fill a few cisterns and lower the fire danger a tad (barring lightning strikes, which accompany the rains).