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Research Paper RMRS-RP-9

September 1998

Fire Behavior Associated with the 1994 South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain, Colorado

Bret W. Butler
Roberta A. Bartlette
Larry S. Bradshaw
Jack D. Cohen
Patricia L. Andrews
Ted Putnam
Richard J. Mangan


Tragically, 14 firefighters died during the fire run on the afternoon of July 6, 1994, on
the South Canyon Fire. We dedicate this study to their memory with the hope that by
learning from their sacrifice, future firefighter lives will be saved.

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


Executive Summary

The Authors, Acknowledgements, and Preface


Fire Behavior Overview

Fire Environment

Fire Chronology

Fire Behavior Discussion



Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Chronology, Fire Behavior, Weather, Distances, Firefighter Travel Rates, and Fire Spread Rates

Appendix C: Mesoscale Meteorological Model


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Publish Date: February 5, 1999
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