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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
California fires threaten thousands of homes; 1 body found
By: - 0 40 min ago

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons, and authorities...

Fire News
Hayden Pass fire estimated to be 55% contained
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Yesterday

Two weeks after it was ignited by a lightning strike, the Hayden Pass fire is gradually being contained.

As of Friday evening, officials...

Firefighters contain small brush fire in Penrose
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Firefighters battled a small brush fire Friday evening that burned through private land of Brush Hollow in Penrose, according to the Fremont County...

Fire News
Wildfire burning in mountains near Palmer Lake
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Authorities are working to put out a small wildfire Friday in the mountains west of Palmer Lake, according to the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection...

Fire News
Hayden Pass fire will be good for the ecosystem, fire official says
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Thu, Jul 21, 2016

The Hayden Pass fire is getting "quieter," officials tweeted Thursday.

An updated map of fire containment, now at 50 percent, showed the...

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...