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 ...

'Treatment train' a small step in solving stormwater issues

On a dry November day, the Millibo Art Theatre's new garden looked like just a bed of rocks snaking through breathtaking red, blue and white flowers. But in the rain, it can...

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...

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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  • Child who started grassfire in Colorado Springs was under 10 years old

    The child who started a fire Tuesday in the Stratton Open Space won't be charged because he or she is under 10 years of age, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Wednesday in a release. Fire investigators said the child was playing with a lighter. The nearly 6-acre fire in southwestern Colorado Springs was reported just after 1 p.m....

  • Juvenile responsible for starting Colorado Springs grass fire

    Shortly after a small grass fire sent up a plume of smoke in southwestern Colorado Springs on Tuesday, firefighters had the 3-acre fire under control. The fire in Stratton Open Space was reported just after 1 p.m. on a warm, dry day when temperatures in Colorado Springs were above 
60 degrees. Colorado Springs firefighters along with the El...

  • Colorado Springs apartment fire kills dog

    A Colorado Springs apartment fire killed a dog Tuesday afternoon. The kitchen fire, at Citadel Village Apartment Homes on North Chelton Road, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and was quickly contained by firefighters, according to Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Steve Oswald. It didn't spread to other units. One dog died in the fire and two...

  • Divide fire department's improved rating could lower property insurance rates

    A fire department with no paid workers might pay dividends for Divide residents. Property insurance premiums in the tiny Teller County town may decrease this year because the Divide Fire Protection District, staffed completely with volunteer firefighters, has improved its fire protection 
rating. The protection district has two stations and...

  • Colorado Springs family displaced by chimney fire

    A chimney fire put a family of four out of their home late Wednesday night, according to Colorado Springs firefighters, No injuries were reported in the fire, which sparked shortly before midnight at a home on the 300 block of South 24th Street. Firefighters responded within five minutes to find light smoke showing from the roof. Nearly 30...

  • Cause determined for Colorado Springs house fire

    A house fire that displaced two adults and two dogs was caused by an electrical problem in the attic, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday. The fire, reported at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at 909 Bennett Lane, caused about $83,000 in damages, said Fire Capt. Steve Oswald. Heavy flames were visible when firefighters arrived. The Red...

  • County website will post addresses of residents with burn permits

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to pass a burn ordinance that will add a layer of approval for county residents looking to burn slash piles. All five of the six commissioners present voted in favor of passing the ordinance on its second reading. Commissioner Sallie Clark was absent. Updates to the...

  • Dog dies in Colorado Springs fire

    A dog died in a house fire Wednesday evening, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The fire was reported at 815 E. Yampa Street, near North Prospect Street and East Cache La Poudre Street at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, according to firefighters. Firefighters said one person inside the home suffered minor injuries in the fire. A...

  • Humane Society looking for help in restocking stolen trailer

    An emergency response trailer belonging to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was stolen Christmas Day, dumped on the side of the road and damaged beyond repair, the agency said Tuesday. The Community Animal Response Team trailer was stocked with supplies to house evacuated pets in case of an emergency, according to a release from the...

  • New Black Forest Fire chief begins new job

    Bryan Jack, a longtime firefighter and resident of the Pikes Peak region, donned his new uniform Monday as chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. After months of sifting through applications from around the country, the six-person fire department board selected Jack as the department's new leader Dec. 10. Jack replaces former Chief Bob...

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