10 Year Anniv. of Devastating Fire
Glenwood Springs, CO – Tuesday marks the ten-year anniversary of one of the deadliest wildfires in Colorado history. The Storm King fire surrounded, trapped and killed 14 firefighters in the mountains near Glenwood Springs on July Sixth, 1994. One firefighter who was there says some of his colleagues had misgivings about the assignment. But he says no one wanted to look weak by suggesting they should step back from the flames. Getting around that attitude is now stressed in firefighter training. Last week, the Forest Service released a report that says most of the changes recommended after Storm King have been implemented and wildfire entrapment fatalities have dropped by over 40%.