In the line of fire

In the line of fire

Honoring firefighters: From Mann Gulch to Storm King and beyond
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Twelve hot-shot crew members and smokejumpers died in the same place during the Storm King Fire. The author took this photo, then accidentally opened the back of his camera the next day. Orange from the overexposed film appears like flames on the photo’s edge.
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Mark Erickson, a Silver City and Las Cruces, N.M., photographer, got caught in a crown fire on the Gila National Forest in the 1980s with this hot-shot crew. This is an exceptionally rare photo of a crew forced to deploy their fire shelters.
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The scorched earth below Storm King Mountain, looking south across the Colorado River valley.
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Grieving friends and fellow workers left personal items at the granite crosses placed where each of the firefighters died. Terri Hagen, of a Prineville, Ore., hot-shot crew, was one of two Native Americans who died fighting the Storm King Fire on July 6, 1994. A metal medicine wheel was erected in her honor.
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Placing a purple wreath in South Canyon along Interstate 70 was one of many public responses to the deaths of the Storm King 14 during a hot dray July in 1994.
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