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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

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Since 2012, there have been four federal and state disaster declarations that have applied to El Paso County. June 9-12 2012 - High Park...

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Rain helps crews get wildfire near Pueblo under control
By: - 0 Fri, Mar 24, 2017

AVONDALE - A fire that flared up overnight near the town of Avondale is now under control.

The fire started near Highway 96 Thursday and was...

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Fire prompts closure of U.S. 285 in Jefferson County; evacuations ordered
By: - 0 Wed, Mar 22, 2017

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Evacuations are underway as firefighters respond to another wildfire in Jefferson County Wednesday.

The fire is...

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Arson suspected in grass fire near Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Mon, Mar 20, 2017

A man who was reportedly setting fire to a grassy area off Interstate 25 Sunday evening remains in jail.

Michael Carruth, 45, was arrested on...

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Warm, dry weather prompts burn restrictions in Fountain
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Mon, Mar 20, 2017

A forecast calling for warm temperatures and dry conditions this week has prompted fire restrictions in Fountain, the city's fire department...

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Colorado fire evacuees allowed back home
By: - 0 Mon, Mar 20, 2017

BOULDER — The Latest on wildfire burning near Boulder, Colorado (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Hundreds of residents have been allowed...

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