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Danger at our Doorstep

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 ...

Colorado Springs stormwater plan should keep debris out of residential areas

People living in neighborhoods below the Flying W Ranch in western Colorado Springs can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. Tim Mitros, the stormwater manager for the...

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...

Flood projects should
 ease U.S. 24 closures west of Colorado Springs

After spending more than $10 million during the last two years on flash-flood control along Ute Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes that steps taken between...

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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  • Prescribed burns planned northwest of Colorado Springs

    Authorities plan to take advantage of good weather conditions to set prescribed burns near Colorado Springs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Friday that one burn — weather permitting — is set for late this week on U.S. Forest Service land nine miles north of Woodland Park off Highway 67. Others are planned near Lake George. The agency says...

  • Prescribed burns scheduled for Teller, Douglas counties today

    A prescribed burn could be coming to Teller and Douglas counties Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a release. Crews are planning to carry out a burn about 9 miles north of Woodland Park on Friday and Saturday, if weather allows. About 550 acres divided in three different segments will be part of the burn, said Barb...

  • Crosses for Losses pooch has own cross to bear

    Deja Boogie Ann Davis shakes her head and off flies her froufrou pink headband - the one with the white daisies on it. But her rhinestone-studded collar stays in place, drawing attention to what a pretty girl she is. Actually, she prefers her pink spiky collar and regularly begs for it, but it's worn out. Still, she's definitely not all...

  • Colorado Springs fire gets residential wildfire mitigation grant

    For the second consecutive year, Colorado Springs fire was awarded a hefty grant from the Allstate Foundation to create safer neighborhoods through wildfire mitigation for many homes. The $30,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation will be used to help pay for wildfire mitigation around at least 60 homes in the Village at Comstock and Discovery...

  • After losing 'life story,' Colorado Springs woman helps others explore sense of home

    After Susan McConnell's home burned to the ground during the Waldo Canyon fire, she did not want to rebuild. So she opted to move away from Mountain Shadows to a bungalow near downtown. The new place was emotionally disorienting. The home and old neighborhood had been where her kids were raised and where much of her identity had been...

  • Pulpit Rock residents invited to Thursday night wildland fire meeting

    Residents of the Pulpit Rock interested in participating in a wildland fire evacuation drill are asked to attend a pre-evaucation meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Russell Middle School. The fire evacuation drill is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Oct. 18. The drill will test evacuation capability and provide information to first responders, according...

  • Know what to do in a wildfire? A Colorado Springs neighborhood is invited to participate in drill

    Residents in the Pulpit Rock neighborhood are invited to participate in a wildland fire evacuation drill on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18. The drill will simulate an emergency by testing evacuation capability and providing information to first responders, according to city officials. Participants will receive a simulated mandatory...

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