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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
Size of Junkins fire drops; containment improves
By: Rachel Riley - 0 11 hr ago

The Junkins fire shrank more than 400 acres Tuesday as crews made progress containing the blaze.

The fire, which was 18,132 acres and 60...

Fire News
Cooler temperatures expected to help firefighters battle Junkins fire
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Mon, Oct 24, 2016

Firefighters expect a forecast of cooler temperatures and lighter winds this week to help them fight a growing wildfire near Westcliffe, Custer...

Fire News
Snow helps wrap up below-average wildfire season in US West
By: - 0 Wed, Oct 19, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - €” With measurable snowfall already dusting parts of the Rocky Mountains and Northwest, the 2016 wildfire season has wrapped up in...

Fire News
Junkins fire takes five homes; likely cause is identified
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Five homes and 13 outbuildings have been destroyed by a fire near Westcliffe that grew to 16,312 acres Tuesday and remained zero percent...

Fire News
Woodland Park-area fire possibly caused by shooting, officials say
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Someone who was shooting in the area likely caused the 14-acre blaze reported Monday near Rampart Reservoir, officials said.

Larry Helmerick,...

Flood News

Flood News
Colorado Springs residents affected by flash floods find no relief
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Mon, Sep 19, 2016

No help is coming for residents recovering from the Aug. 29 flash flood in downtown Colorado Springs.

None of them had purchased flood...

Flood News
Man saves own dog left floating on mattress from rising floodwaters
By: - 0 Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Floodwaters pushed open the door to Corey Guy's apartment Monday, putting his dog Xena in grave danger.

Xena was home alone in Guy's...

Flood News
Rain on Hayden Pass burn scar will cause flash flood worries
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Officials spent hours Wednesday walking through muddy ash in the Hayden Pass burn scar, the site mere hours earlier of life-threatening flash...

Flood News
Louisiana newspaper urges Obama to end his vacation and visit flood sites
By: - 0 Thu, Aug 18, 2016

One of Louisiana’s largest newspapers has a message for President Obama: End your vacation and come visit our flood-ravaged state.