Fire & Environment | News | Colorado Springs Gazette

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.

<<Prev Next>>

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.

Danger Doorstep Feature Video

Fire News view all

  • Report: El Paso County agency did not follow protocol when awarding disaster contracts

    In the months following the 2013 Black Forest fire, Mountain View Electric Association failed to follow federal protocols, according to a federal Office of Inspector General report released last month. In light of the Mountain View's failure to use competitive bidding processes and record how contract decisions were made, the report asked the...

  • Massive California wildfire jumps containment line; Colorado crews called for help

    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — As firefighters battled a massive Northern California wild land blaze threatening numerous homes, some of the 13,000 people urged to flee their residences were spending what may be just one of many nights in evacuation shelters. The blaze that has charred nearly 97 square miles of brush and timber, jumped a highway Monday...

  • Colorado airmen called on to fight California wildfires

    Crews and planes from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs flew Monday to fight growing wildfires that had blacked 124,000 acres in California. Three C-130 transport planes and 28 airmen roared from Peterson Air Force Base on Monday morning and leaders planned to drop retardant to slow fires in Northern California by afternoon. "They...

  • Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire. Now, scientists in Nevada and California are helping federal land managers develop technology to expand a network of high-definition cameras to do the job, including one in...

  • Wildfire film to debut in Colorado Springs this week

    "Unacceptable Risk," a film about fighting wildfires in Colorado, will debut in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night . The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a climate change expert and longtime Colorado Springs firefighter Jim Schanel . The 12-minute film examines Colorado's devastating wildfire seasons in 2012 and 2013 and...

Flood News view all

  • Council resolution will funnel Colorado Springs money to Fountain Creek Watershed

    Take heart, water users downstream of Colorado Springs. A City Council resolution approved Tuesday lets Mayor John Suthers start funneling city money to the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District. "It's a big deal," says district Executive Director Larry Small. It's a big deal because farmers and ranchers along...

  • Pueblo included in presidential disaster declaration

    Pueblo County has been named in President Barack Obama's disaster declaration, allowing the county to receive federal funds to recover from spring floods. Pueblo County announced Friday that it would be eligible for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant programs for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by...

  • Federal disaster declaration issued for spring flooding in Colorado counties

    President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration Thursday for 11 Colorado counties that were heavily damaged by more than a month of unprecedented rain this spring. The declaration ensures that millions of dollars will reach the counties - including El Paso - but the funds are still several steps away from hitting county coffers, said...

  • Insurance issues arising from disasters bring little regulatory change to Colorado

    The Colorado Division of Insurance, the regulatory agency charged with protecting consumers, has emerged from years of wildfires and floods with few tools to help it track market health in the state, and remains relatively powerless. Colorado residents are more or less where they were three years ago, before a spate of wildfires around the...

  • Search suspended for man who possibly fell into Colorado Springs creek

    The search for a man who reportedly went into Sand Creek on Thursday night - possibly on purpose - was suspended at 7 p.m. Friday, according to a Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman. The last search technique attempted was a K-9 unit. There are no missing persons reports matching the description with Colorado Springs police, the Fire...

The Gazette’s Deal of the Day