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