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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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Colorado floods, 1-year anniversary: Rebuilding continues after death, devastation

Andi Chernushin walked through her home just yards from the banks of Cheyenne Creek on Wednesday. She pointed to bare studs where walls once framed her finished basement,...

Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing...

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 ...

'Treatment train' a small step in solving stormwater issues

On a dry November day, the Millibo Art Theatre's new garden looked like just a bed of rocks snaking through breathtaking red, blue and white flowers. But in the rain, it can...

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...

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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  • Government funds help form a 'community quilt' for Black Forest mitigation

    For the first time since it was settled more than a century ago, community fire prevention projects are starting in Black Forest, with the help of state and federal fire mitigation grants. Cutting down trees and cleaning up dead pine needles are nothing new to many residents of Black Forest, but after the 2013 Black Forest fire ravaged the El...

  • Small fire in Cheyenne Canyon 100 percent contained

    A small fire in Cheyenne Canyon was 100 percent contained by 2 p.m., a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said. The fire was estimated at about a tenth of an acre, she said. A plume of smoke from the fire has been spotted sporadically from different parts of the city, and the spokeswoman said smoke likely will be visible...

  • El Paso County seeks input on updated disaster mitigation plan

    The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for El Paso County was last updated in 2008. Since then, two major wildfires and severe flooding have ripped through the county in quick succession, changing lives and landscape. It's time to update the plan - it generally gets a serious review every five years - and the El Paso County Office of Emergency...

  • Former Hotshot gets the call as new Black Forest fire chief

    Bryan Jack, a Monument native and former Pike Interagency Hotshot crew member, has been appointed chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. Jack was a finalist for the position with acting Chief Jim Rebitski and Scott Van Boerum, a former contractor hired by the federal government to build the Afghan fire service. For a few local...

  • Candidates for Black Forest Fire Chief available in meet-and-greet

    Black Forest residents are invited to a meet-and-greet Tuesday night with the three candidates for chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the fire station, at 11455 Teachout Road. The department has spent months searching for a new chief since former Chief Bob Harvey resigned this summer following a...

  • Long forgotten development plan raises rebuilding issues for Waldo Canyon fire victims

    For more than 20 years, Parkside resident Donald Meaney's house had a view of the hillsides west of Mountain Shadows. After the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed most of his neighborhood, Meaney designed and rebuilt a new home - one that preserved the best of the old: the view. But a year after Meaney moved in, the picture window in his upstairs...

  • El Paso County plans to put teeth into outdoor burning policy

    A few weeks ago, a late night burning of dead trees in Black Forest brought back nightmares to residents still traumatized by the horrific wildfire of 2013. Yet, the smell of smoke and the sight of flames could become more common in Black Forest, as residents and utility companies destroy massive piles of dead trees by the cheapest method...

  • No perfect formula to determine how many homes were destroyed in Black Forest fire

    The nature of the Black Forest neighborhood - its isolation amid thick stands of old pine trees - made calculating the fire's losses difficult as county officials struggled to find destroyed homes in the woods. More than a year after the state's most destructive blaze, the number of homes burned still remains uncertain, "We don't know how...

  • Black Forest Fire recovery process has been long and diverse

    There are 154 new homes in the Black Forest neighborhood, and nearly 18 months after the devastating fire more than half of the hundreds of houses destroyed are on track to being rebuilt. But home construction is a small part of how Black Forest residents measure recovery, a process that could involve decades of forest restoration and...

  • Black Forest Fire announces finalists for new chief

    Four months after its fire chief resigned following a prolonged sick leave, the Black Forest Fire Department board has narrowed its search for a new chief to three finalists, including current acting Chief Jim Rebitski. The new chief, who will be announced Dec. 10, will replace former Chief Bob Harvey. Harvey, who led the department during...

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