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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
Cleanup, mitigation continues amidst danger of falling trees three years after Black Forest fire
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Three years after the Black Forest fire burned more than 14,000 acres and destroyed nearly 500 homes, the skeletons of charred trees are a constant...

Fire News
2,000 acres consumed so far in southern Colorado wildfire
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Fri, Dec 16, 2016

A tractor trailer blown over by high winds is believed to have caused the sparks that ignited a grass fire in Huerfano County overnight.


Fire News
2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14
By: - 0 Wed, Dec 7, 2016

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities have charged two juveniles for starting an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged...

Fire News
Death toll from Tennessee wildfires increases to 11
By: - 0 Thu, Dec 1, 2016

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Crews discovered the remains of more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and...

Fire News
Fires in Green Mountain area — including 98-acre blaze — considered suspicious, authorities say
By: - 0 Thu, Dec 1, 2016

Authorities say a series of five wildfires in the Green Mountain area — including a 98-acre blaze Monday evening that prompted evacuations in...

Flood News

Flood News
Public meetings scheduled to discuss Colorado Springs-area creek restoration
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Wed, Nov 16, 2016

A trio of meetings are scheduled to get public input on the Upper Monument Creek Landscape Restoration project that aims to provide more support to...

Flood News
Officials tout completion of first phase in project to remove Colorado Springs homes from flood plain
By: Matt Steiner - 0 Wed, Nov 2, 2016

Colorado Springs officials stood beside a dry Camp Creek near Garden of the Gods on Wednesday morning, showing off the completed first phase of a...