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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 vehicle crashes into wildlife up 15 percent in 2014
By: - 0 21 hr ago

DENVER — Transportation officials are asking motorists to be careful of wildlife on the roads this winter.

The Colorado Department of...

New protocols, quick response kept fast-burning El Paso County fire from getting out of control
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Wed, Nov 25, 2015

YODER - Laura Hansen stepped outside the Antioch Community Church on Tuesday morning and felt the heat of a wildfire on her face.

Hansen and a...

Update: Grass fire put out in south Colorado Springs
By: Maria St. Louis-Sanchez - 0 Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Colorado Springs firefighters quickly put out a grass fire on the city's south side Wednesday night.

The fire started at 8:30 p.m. near the...

Former sprinkler requirements would have impacted few homes rebuilt after Black Forest fire
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Tue, Nov 10, 2015

A former El Paso County fire code requirement that homes of 3,600 square feet or more have interior sprinkler systems would have had little impact on...

Crews respond to fire on Fort Carson
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Tue, Nov 10, 2015

A one-acre fire on a Fort Carson training range was put out by 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Carson officials said.

The blaze, which was reported...

Flood News
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...

Police seek to commend good Samaritan who pulled man from Colorado Springs creek
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Wed, Oct 7, 2015

A 30-year-old man's life could have been cut short Tuesday night if it wasn't for a good Samaritan who was near Monument Creek and saw the man in the...

FEMA offers early look at 2017 floodplain maps for Pikes Peak region
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Wed, Oct 7, 2015

Jennifer Severski's home is barely in the floodplain - just her garage - but that's enough to bump her yearly insurance bill from $300 to $3,000...

Summer storms by the numbers: Colorado Springs and El Paso County
0 Sun, Sep 27, 2015

A summer of storms has left damage on Colorado Springs and El Paso County that continues to be cleaned up.

Low-interest loans available for Colorado Springs-area landslide victims: 5 things to know
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Tue, Sep 22, 2015

El Paso County will be one of eight Colorado counties to receive federal aid to clean up from landslides, the Small Business Administration announced...