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The Prineville Hotshots visited Crater Lake National Park on a day off from firefighting on July 4, 1994, just two days before nine of them would be among 14 firefighters to perish in the South Canyon Fire.
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Prineville Hotshots at Canyon Creek Estates prepare July 6, 1994, to fight the nearby South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain. The fire blew up just hours after the hotshots arrived, killing nine out of the 20-person crew.
On July 9, 1994, Jerry McDonald, left, a safety officer for the U.S. Forest Service from the Stanislaus National Forest, looks over the burned scrub on Storm King Mountain west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. McDonald was giving a tour to then-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, right, of the mountain where 14 firefighters died on July 6 while battling a blaze. David Zalubowski / AP file photo
The 14 firefighters that were killed while fighting the South Canyon fire on Storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs, Colo., July 6, 1994, are shown in these undated file photos. Top Row from left, Kathi Beck, Tami Bickett, Scott Blecha, Levi Brinkley, Doug Dunbar, Terri Hagen and Bonnie Holtby. Bottom Row: Rob Johnson, Jon Kelso, Robert Browning, Don Mackey, Roger Roth, James Thrash and Rich Tyler. Family photos via the Glenwood Post Independent / The Associated Press
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Part of the Wildland Firefighters Monument in Prineville, dedicated in part to the memory of the nine Prineville Hotshots who died in the South Canyon Fire.
On June 9, 2004, firefighter Eric Hipke hiked the trail on Storm King Mountain where memorial markers were placed for each of the 14 firefighters who died. Hipke survived the deadly fire just days earlier on July 6. Poor tactics, miscommunication and a lack of air support all contributed to the deaths. But investigators discovered something elsea firefighting culture that may have prevented those who died from raising objections and refusing a dangerous assignment. The Associated Press file photo
Parks worker Cindy Svatos trims flowers and bushes in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on June 23, 2004, at a memorial dedicated to the firefighters who were killed on Storm King Mountain in 1994. The Associated Press file photo
Photo courtesy Dale Shrull / Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Personal items adorn the granite cross on Storm King Mountain marking where Scott Blecha died in the South Canyon Fire. A marker is placed on the mountain for each victim of the fire, and all are similarly embellished.
Photo courtesy of Dale Shrull / Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
The granite cross on Storm King Mountain marking where Kathi Beck died on July 6, 1994, in the South Canyon Fire.
Original Prineville Hotshot logo, from before the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain. Bowman Museum / Courtesy photo
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The Prineville Hotshots logo today, with nine stars representing the nine hotshots killed in the South Canyon Fire.
Courtesy of Bowman Museum. Helicopter at Storm King Fire 1994.
Alex Robertson, Bryan Scholz, Kathi Beck, and other Prinville Hotshots on July 6, 1994, at Canyon Creek Estates near the South Canyon Fire in Colorado. Bowman Museum / Courtesy photo
Doug Dunbar, one of the Prineville Hotshots killed July 6, 1994, in the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado. Dunbar was only 15 credits short of a business degree from Souther Oregon State College when he died. Bowman Museum / Courtesy photo
The Prineville Hotshots unload their gear at Canyon Creek Estates as they prepare to fight the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain on July 6, 1994, in Colorado. Bowman Museum / Courtesy photo
Jon Kelso, one of the Prineville Hotshots killed on July 6, 1994, in the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain. Kelso grew up in Prineville. He played golf and managed the football team while in high school at Crook County, taught swimming, worked as a lifeguard, and sang in choirs and musicals. Bowman Museum / Courtesy photo
Kathi Beck and the Prineville Hotshots ready to fight the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain on July 6, 1994. Bowman Museum / Courtesy photo