A federal forester ignites a massive wildfire that chars more than 100,000 acres (400 km2) near Denver as she attempts to burn a letter from her estranged husband. Forestry technician Terry Barton, 38, acknowledges that she started the so-called Hayman fire while patrolling the Pike National Forest to enforce the campfire ban. Barton had earlier reported "discovering" a wildfire. See Hayman fire.
Current events of June 10, 2002 (2002-06-10) (Monday)
A new terrorist organisation, Al Qanoon, claimed responsibility for an earlier suicide bomb attack aimed at the US consulate in Karachi in Pakistan. 11 people were killed in the bomb attack, and approximately 45 injured. The US has subsequently closed all diplomatic missions in Pakistan.
Astrophysics – An asteroid (2002 MN), the size of a soccer field, barely misses hitting the Earth. It was the second closest asteroid approach to Earth in recorded history. The asteroid was first observed three days after its close approach, on June 17, 2002.
Current events of June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) (Sunday)