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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

Colorado Springs wants input on disaster preparedness plan
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Landslides, hail storms, wildfires and floods have all changed how Colorado Springs officials think of local natural disasters, and that's reflected...

Officials investigating Colorado Springs grass fires that threatened nursery school, scorched home
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Hours after arson was suspected in a Wednesday morning grass fire near a nursery school in west Colorado Springs, firefighters battled a second grass...

Colorado lawmaker scraps fire mitigation bill soon after its proposal
By: Megan Schrader - 0 Wed, Jan 20, 2016

DENVER - Lawmakers are trying for the third consecutive year to increase incentives for homeowners to do their own wildfire mitigation, but the bill...

California wildfire 60 percent contained, evacuations lifted
By: - 0 Sat, Dec 26, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. — Fire crews stopped the spread of a wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast on Saturday, reopened a scenic highway...

More money to fight wildfires, but no long-term budget fix
By: - 0 Thu, Dec 17, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Budget legislation headed toward approval by Congress includes an additional $610 million for the U.S. Forest Service to fight...

Flood News

Landslide danger on west side prompts Colorado Springs officials to seek buyout money
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Mon, Jan 25, 2016

Landslides on Colorado Springs' west side have prompted city officials to seek federal funding to buy out at least 20 damaged homes that sit on...

Federal government to pay for majority of spring rain damage in El Paso County
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Thu, Dec 31, 2015

After months of assessing damage, the federal government and El Paso County have come closer to a total cost of damage incurred during the spring...

Mitigation work near Manitou Springs reignites plans to restore recreation area
By: Matt Steiner - 0 Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Travelers in the 1800s and early 20th century experienced a pristine, rushing creek and a 30-foot high waterfall enhanced by a rainbow when they...