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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

Chopper helps battle Fort Carson wildfire
By: Chhun Sun - 0 6 hr ago

A Chinook helicopter has been dispatched to fight a fire on Fort Carson on Tuesday afternoon that has burned at least 100 acres, officials said.


Fire News
Volunteers plant trees in place ravaged by Waldo Canyon fire
By: Seth Boster - 0 12 hr ago

When the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire finished raging through her neighborhood, Denise Peacock returned with a camera. "What I took pictures of," she said,...

Forest Service activates fire information phone line
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Thu, May 19, 2016

News about a Colorado wildland fire will now be a phone call away.

The U.S. Forest Service has activated an information line for fire activity...

Fire News
Canadian officials hope to put "death grip" on fire
By: - 0 Sun, May 8, 2016

LAC LA BICHE, Alberta — The images are ones of devastation — scorched homes, virtually whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. And Canadian...

Fire News
Officials fear massive Alberta wildfire could double in size
By: - 0 Sat, May 7, 2016

Canadian officials feared a massive wildfire could double in size by the end of Saturday as they continue to evacuate residents of fire-ravaged...

Flood News

Flood News
Worry about flash floods continues years after 'wall of water' crushed western El Paso County
By: Matt Steiner - 0 Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The threat of flash floods continues to linger in the minds of western El Paso County residents.

That worry loomed large for a group that met...