Planning under way for South Canyon Fire commemoration event

Local, state and federal wildland firefighters are partnering to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragic South Canyon Fire, which claimed the lives of 14 firefighters on Storm King Mountain in 1994.

“The community will never forget the sacrifices of the 14 firefighters on Storm King Mountain July 6, 1994,” said Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson.

Nearly 20 organizations are participating in a committee to organize the commemorative events for the 20th Anniversary of the South Canyon Fire. The public commemorative event will be held July 6 in Glenwood Springs at Two Rivers Park, the site of the memorial for the 14 firefighters killed on Storm King Mountain.

“The relationships among the local, state and federal firefighting agencies has never been stronger – we work closely to manage wildfire in Western Colorado, just as we are working closely on this event to remember South Canyon,” said Jim Sears, Emergency Operations Sergeant for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

“Every wildland firefighter in the country knows about the South Canyon Fire, and we are expecting wildland firefighters from around the country to attend this event to give their respects to the fallen firefighters,” said Chris Farinetti, Fire Management Officer for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.

Farinetti, Sears and Tillotson are the incident commanders of the event, which is being managed under a unified command structure. Specific details for this commemoration is available on- line at:

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