GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Twenty-six years ago, 14 firefighters were killed on Storm King Mountain, near Glenwood Springs. To honor the memory of those heroes, about a dozen members of the Craig hotshots crew hiked up the Storm King Memorial Trail on Monday.

(credit: Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center)

The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center shared photos of the hotshots at the memorial.

A smoke jumper J-55 aircraft also performed a flyby of Storm King Mountain to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters.

On July 6, 1994, the lightning-caused South Canyon Fire raced up a steep hillside.

An image from the fire on Storm King Mountain (credit: CBS)

Twelve firefighters were trapped on a fire line. Two others were found dead on top of a ridge.

(credit: CBS)

Nine of the dead were members of the Prineville Hotshots firefighting team from Oregon.

The South Canyon Fire was the deadliest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history.

  1. Mike Rivera says:

    I remember this fire like it was yesterday. When my dad and I were driving back home from Glenwood to Rifle. we noticed one single tree that was smoking, We turned around and went to the Forest Service office and reported the fire. But, not only that we offered to go up and put the fire out. They said no they knew of it and was just watching it. They told us they had a lot of people that want to go up and put it out. That one tree smoked for a very long time before it set everything up in flames. To this day I wish the people sitting back and watching the one tree smoking on the hill would of just said no we got it we have crews headed up to get it or, just sent a few of us that was willing to go to just take care of it. It was not worth the 14 lives just for one tree.

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