Painful memories/ Firefighters, soldiers, other survivors recall horror of swirling smoke, darkness in county's disastrous blaze of 1950

Fanned by severe high winds, a fire Jan. 17, 1950, on Cheyenne Mountain and Camp Carson spread to buildings on the post. The worst wildfire in the Pikes Peak region's history, the blaze claimed nine lives, injured more than 30 soldiers and destroyed dozen Photo by Stan Payne / The Gazette Telegraph
Fanned by severe high winds, a fire Jan. 17, 1950, on Cheyenne Mountain and Camp Carson spread to buildings on the post. The worst wildfire in the Pikes Peak region's history, the blaze claimed nine lives, injured more than 30 soldiers and destroyed dozen Photo by Stan Payne / The Gazette Telegraph
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