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We Will Not Forget: Hotshots Hike Storm King Memorial Trail To Honor 14 Firefighters Killed in 1994

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.

Storm King Anniversary 1 (RMACC tweet)
(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.

Canyon Creek Fire
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.

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