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Danger at our Doorstep


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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Waldo Canyon burn scar poses flooding threat along U.S. 24

Life along Ute Pass has settled into a new normal nearly three years after the Waldo Canyon fire, but part of that normal is a waiting game. Since the Colorado Department of...

Disaster Frequently Asked Questions

Get your answers to frequently asked questions in the wake of the floods and wildfires in the region

Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs

The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron...

Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar

Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late. "Two weeks ago,...

Royal Gorge continues comeback from wildfire with opening of tramway, theater

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park's effort to rebound from a devastating 2013 fire will take a major leap Saturday as it opens a new $4 million tramway and reopens its Plaza Theater.

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.

Disaster FAQ: What you need to know

Sun, Apr 5, 2015 - 4:20 AM 0

Since 2012, there have been four federal and state disaster declarations that have applied to El Paso County. June 9-12 2012 - High Park...

Fire News
Smoke wafting through Pikes Peak region could last through weekend
By: Stephen Hobbs - 0 Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Southeast winds pulled smoke from fires in the Pacific Northwest, bringing hazier skies to the Pikes Peak region on Saturday.

The Colorado...

Massive wildfire season forces Forest Service to shuffle money to firefighting fund
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Fri, Aug 28, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service began this week transferring money from some of its programs to help fuel its dwindling firefighting budget, according to an...

Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West
By: - 0 Tue, Aug 25, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Firefighters in Washington state kept a wary eye Tuesday on rising temperatures and winds that threatened to expand what's already...

Practice at shooting range sparks Grand County wildfire
By: - 0 Tue, Aug 25, 2015

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Target practice at a public shooting range in Grand County sparked a wildfire that has burned more than 500 acres.


Smoke from wildfires to the West could pose health risk
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Wildfire smoke drifting over El Paso County on Monday could pose a health risk for older residents, as well as those with asthma, heart or lung...

Flood News
Cascade residents receive funds to rebuild, but still on the hook for thousands
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Mon, Aug 24, 2015

The road to Kathy and George Stultses' Cascade home is a precipitous one. Guests are told to leave their cars at the bottom of the hill, where they...

State request for proof of stormwater basins' compliance could set tricky precedent
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Months after the state Legislature declared a network of El Paso County debris basins legal, state engineers have sent letters to El Paso County...

Limited Colorado Springs storm damage shows success of flood mitigation
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Tue, Aug 11, 2015

When a group of children and adults bulwarked themselves into a room in the Alpine Autism Center on Monday, they were taking shelter from about 8...

El Paso County may have tougher time getting state help to pay for disaster repairs
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Wed, Aug 5, 2015

For the first time in years, El Paso County could face a future of disaster recovery without guaranteed financial help from the state, which could...

Council resolution will funnel Colorado Springs money to Fountain Creek Watershed
By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Take heart, water users downstream of Colorado Springs.

A City Council resolution approved Tuesday lets Mayor John Suthers start funneling...