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Storm King Mountain Fire Killed 14 Firefighters 19 Years Ago

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GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

Written by Alan GionetIt has been about 19 years since the loss of 14 firefighters in the fire on Storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs in the South Canyon Fire. The fire overran the firefighters as strong winds pushed it uphill. They could not outrun it and many tried to take shelter beneath their fire blankets, where they died.

The day after their deaths we reported this story, revealing the information about the weather was provided by forecasters associated with the fire – but it turned out, it was never appropriately passed along by supervisors to the crew working on the ground:

(From July 7, 1994)

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