Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This made-for-TV documentary chronicles the disastrous Colorado Wildfire of 1994. Brought on by a devastating drought, the fire wreaked its greatest damage upon Storm King Mountain, destroying 50 acres of valuable land and killing fourteen firefighters. In addition to showing the aftermath of the raging inferno, the film also features interviews with the families of the victims and re-enactments of individual acts of heroism. The production was based on a book by John M. Maclean, whose father Norman Maclean penned a bizarrely similar account of a 1949 blaze. The initial telecast of Fire on the Mountain was tied in with a national fundraising campaign for local firefighters.