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Danger at our Doorstep

A GUIDE TO PREPARE FOR COLORADO’S DISASTERS

Disasters are a very real part of life in Colorado. Things here burn. And flood. And they slide down mountainsides. And once in a while, things shake. We even get the occasional twister. This special section shows how locals can prepare for disasters that can strike in the Pikes Peak region.

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Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives for fire mitigation and ...

Colorado Springs stormwater plan should keep debris out of residential areas

People living in neighborhoods below the Flying W Ranch in western Colorado Springs can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. Tim Mitros, the stormwater manager for the...

Fire and rain: Region girds for disasters

Wildfire ravaged the mountains west of Colorado Springs on a hot, dry day in June 2012 after smoke billowed out of Waldo Canyon. Two lives, 347 homes and acre upon acre of...

Side Streets: Disaster nothing new for area so be prepared

There's plenty of history that teaches us bad things do happen. And with some regularity. - To know this, you don't have to be a history expert. I have learned this lesson...

Manitou Springs

Standing deep inside Williams Canyon next to concrete walls built to guide floodwaters, boulders, logs and other debris into steel nets and a sediment retention pond, Roger...

Disaster planning, communication better

Local emergency officials have improved their disaster planning after the wildfires and floods of the past two years.

Volunteer organizations prep for disasters, address strengths and weaknesses

Volunteers are the driving force behind disaster relief and recovery operations across the state, making recruitment, training and preparation an ongoing effort.

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  • Northwest Colorado fire quadruples in size; cabin, barn destroyed

    CRAIG — A wildfire in northwestern Colorado has quadrupled to more than 31 square miles. Fire managers said Thursday the Alkali Fire has destroyed a cabin, barn and propane tank. No injuries have been reported. Three head of cattle have been killed and ranchers have moved other livestock. Spokeswoman Lynn Barclay of the Northwest...

  • Hot, dry conditions increase fire danger in western Colorado

    Although the summer fire season has been relatively uneventful across the upper Colorado River region, the recent heat wave coupled with only brief, mostly localized rains has area fire officials on heightened alert. A small brush fire that broke out near Basalt on Monday and another small grass fire within the city limits of Rifle on Tuesday...

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher, searches far and wide for such unfinished collectibles in...

  • Summer Heat Academy gives girls a chance to build confidence, learn about fire service

    Before she began to perform CPR, Skylar Sypher looked at her sister Taylor for guidance. The two were motioning back at forth to each other, communicating what Skylar needed to do to correctly administer the procedure. Then, the 18-year-old started pumping on a dummy's chest, mimicking the potentially life-saving technique. It was one of...

  • Footage of Waldo Canyon Fire earns Colorado Springs firefighter a local Emmy

    Most firefighters don't win local Emmy awards. But Steve Schopper is not the average firefighter. He's an audio video specialist for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and he is a volunteer lieutenant with the Manitou Springs Fire Department. The 61-year-old Schopper's footage used in the Denver Post documentary "The Fireline: Wildfire...

  • Keeping documents, artifacts safe when disaster hits

    Tim Blevins and Dennis Daily, who manage the special collections at the Penrose Library, carry small pocket-size planners at all times. When unfurled, they have access to everything they need to know in case of disaster - how to call FEMA and first responders, facilities layouts, location of building shutoffs and fire extinguishers, and how to...

  • Family of six displaced by apartment fire in Colorado Springs

    A family of two adults and four children was displaced after a fire broke out in a second-story Esperanza Village apartment Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the fire , Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald said, and it did not spread to any other units. It was put out in 21 minutes, he said. The family and a...

  • California wildfire threatens dozens more homes

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck was threatening dozens of additional homes on Tuesday. The Bully Fire around the rural community of Igo in Shasta County was threatening more than 50 homes, up from about 15 a day earlier, California Department of...

  • Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Southern Oregon wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. The destructive Moccasin Hill fire — named for a longstanding subdivision — began Sunday near the ranching town of Sprague River, about 25 miles...

  • Man accused of starting N. California wildfire

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot. Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 27, of Sacramento was arrested Saturday for investigation of recklessly causing a fire and illegally cultivating marijuana,...

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