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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
El Paso County's week of fire: 'Very happy no loss of life'
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 3 hr ago

Tim Emick peered out the window of his eastern Colorado Springs office on Tuesday at thick waves of blowing dust to the south.

"My God," he...

Fire News
117 fire that burned 23 homes in southern El Paso County was human-caused
By: Liz Forster - 0 4 hr ago

Although the actual cause of last week's more than 42,000-acre grass fire in southern El Paso County hasn't been determined, authorities said...

Fire News
Divine Redeemer students aid church receptionist whose home burned in 117 fire
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 16 hr ago

When a tragedy happens, everybody wants to help. Even kids.

The 203 students at Divine Redeemer Catholic School were called on to pray for the...

Fire News
Colorado Springs TV station's flying drone temporarily disrupted air drops on 117 fire
By: Liz Forster - 0 16 hr ago

Air drops attacking the 117 fire in southern El Paso County were halted midday Thursday after a media outlet flew a drone within the restricted...

Fire News
Financial aid sparse for El Paso County residents who lost homes in fire
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Tim Huffman's temporary new home rolled down his driveway in Hanover on Thursday evening and parked near the heap of ashen rubble that just a few...

Flood News

Flood News
El Paso County declines $1.3M federal grant for flood repairs
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Jan 31, 2018

In a rare move, El Paso County is turning down a $1.3 million federal grant for flood recovery amid concerns about meeting its deadline.