Video honors the 14 memorial sites on Storm King Mountain

25 years ago 14 firefighters were killed on the South Canyon Fire in Colorado

Storm King Mountain
Screengrab from the video below by Outside Adventure Media.

Today, July 6, is the 25th anniversary of the fatalities on the South Canyon Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In 1994, 14 firefighters were overrun by the fire on Storm King Mountain.

A trail leads to the spots where each of them were found. Granite markers, 14 of them, have the firefighters’ names and their years of  birth — and death.

People who complete the strenuous hike to the 14 sites often leave something that to them, and perhaps to the deceased, had a special meaning.

During several trips to the mountain over the last couple of years Barry Stevenson of Outside Adventure Media shot video of the memorial sites. There is no narration or musical sound track. You will hear only the sounds of nature — birds, insects, and an occasional breeze.

The Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail honors the 14 hotshots, smoke jumpers, and helitack personnel who perished in the fire:

Kathi Beck, Tami Bickett, Scott Blecha, Levi Brinkley, Robert Browning, Doug Dunbar, Terri Hagen, Bonnie Holtby, Rob Johnson, Jon Kelso, Don Mackey, Roger Roth, Jim Thrash, and Richard Tyler.

For more information about the South Canyon Fire visit

Hallowed Ground. Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail from Outside Adventure Media.

statue south canyon fire glenwood springs colorado
A statue at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, honors the 14 firefighters. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

In the next video you will see the fire from the perspective of 11 firefighters that were there that day.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “Video honors the 14 memorial sites on Storm King Mountain”

  1. Outstanding work! Thanks to all of the survivors that shared their thoughts and memories of this tragedy.

  2. Well done, thank-you. For those that have not yet done the hike…it is well worth the time and energy.


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