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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

Fire News
15-acre fire at Fort Carson under control
By: Liz Forster - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

A 15-acre fire burning at Fort Carson Tuesday morning is contained, officials say.

The fire is producing a lot of smoke that can be seen from...

Fire News
Brush fire burns in Douglas County; pre-evacuation notice canceled
By: - 0 Fri, Sep 15, 2017

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More than 3,000 homes are on pre-evacuation...

Fire News
Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires 
By: - 0 Thu, Sep 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a new record as wildfires blacken the...

Fire News
Fountain firefighters aid Montana in combating wildfires
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Wed, Sep 13, 2017

While Colorado Springs firefighters are helping with hurricane recovery in Texas and Florida, Fountain firefighters are assisting with wildfires in...

Erratic winds spread small lightning-caused fire in Colorado 
By: - 0 Mon, Sep 11, 2017

MAYBELL — A lightning-caused wildfire in northwestern Colorado is threatening some structures as erratic winds push the flames in multiple...

Flood News

Flood News
Crippled Houston watches dams, levees; forecast offers hope
By: - 0 Tue, Aug 29, 2017

HOUSTON — With its flood defenses strained, the crippled city of Houston anxiously watched dams and levees Tuesday to see if they would hold until...

Flood News
Flood warning issued for southern Colorado Springs
By: Liz Forster - 0 Sat, Jul 22, 2017

A flash flood warning has been issued for southern Colorado Springs between Fort Carson and Widefield until 8:45 p.m.

The National Weather...

Flood News
Flash flood warning issued for northwestern El Paso County, Waldo Canyon burn scar
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Sat, Jul 15, 2017

A flood advisory has been issued for southwestern El Paso County on Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.