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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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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...

Fire and rain: Region girds for disasters

Wildfire ravaged the mountains west of Colorado Springs on a hot, dry day in June 2012 after smoke billowed out of Waldo Canyon. Two lives, 347 homes and acre upon acre of...

Side Streets: Disaster nothing new for area so be prepared

There's plenty of history that teaches us bad things do happen. And with some regularity. - To know this, you don't have to be a history expert. I have learned this lesson...

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...

Disaster planning, communication better

Local emergency officials have improved their disaster planning after the wildfires and floods of the past two years.

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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  • Progress made on wildfire near ranches, oil wells in northwest Colorado

    CRAIG — Firefighters are making progress against a wildfire burning near ranches and oil and gas wells in northwestern Colorado. The Elk Springs Fire was listed at about 450 acres Monday. Fire managers say good weather has helped crews contained 90 percent of the fire. It which started Saturday in windy conditions near the small ranching...

  • Crews battle new wildfire in northwestern Colorado

    CRAIG — Firefighters in northwestern Colorado are battling a new wildfire — a 300-acre blaze near Elk Springs. The Elk Springs Fire started Saturday in windy conditions. It's burning near a ranch as well as oil and gas facilities and power lines. Recent lightning strikes started other fires but it's not clear yet how this one started....

  • Small Victor fire quickly contained

    A structure fire at a building at 110 North 4th St. in Victor broke out around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, but no one was injured, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said. A dispatcher in the sheriff's office said the fire, which broke out in an empty building being remodeled, was contained. She was not able to confirm what time fire crews were able...

  • Alkali Fire could be fully contained by Sunday

    CRAIG — Firefighters hope to have a 32-square-mile wildfire in northwestern Colorado fully contained by Sunday. The Alkali Fire, burning on mostly private land near Maybell, was listed as 75 percent contained Saturday. The fire killed three cattle, destroyed a cabin, barn and propane tank. The cause is still under investigation....

  • Colorado Springs airmen ready for wildfire battle

    Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs are ready to be called to battle against wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest as troops from U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base coordinate military efforts to fight the blazes. Lt. Col. Luke Thompson with the 302nd said airmen are ready to go on 48 hours notice to take...

  • Crews keep northwest Colorado fire from growing

    CRAIG — Firefighters have kept a 32-square-mile blaze from spreading in northwestern Colorado as scattered showers fall in the area. Lynn Barclay of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit said Friday the Alkali Fire remained 50 percent contained with full containment expected Sunday. Barclay says some rain fell in the area overnight...

  • Colorado wildfire quadruples to 32 square miles

    Crews are battling a small, four-acre wildfire Wednesday northeast of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, according to a the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Campers and hikers in the area have been evacuated as the lightning-sparked blaze burns, forest officials said. Some trails near the fire, which is centered...

  • Northwest Colorado fire quadruples in size; cabin, barn destroyed

    CRAIG — A wildfire in northwestern Colorado has quadrupled to more than 31 square miles. Fire managers said Thursday the Alkali Fire has destroyed a cabin, barn and propane tank. No injuries have been reported. Three head of cattle have been killed and ranchers have moved other livestock. Spokeswoman Lynn Barclay of the Northwest...

  • Hot, dry conditions increase fire danger in western Colorado

    Although the summer fire season has been relatively uneventful across the upper Colorado River region, the recent heat wave coupled with only brief, mostly localized rains has area fire officials on heightened alert. A small brush fire that broke out near Basalt on Monday and another small grass fire within the city limits of Rifle on Tuesday...

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher, searches far and wide for such unfinished collectibles in...

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