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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.

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  • Colorado to spend $1.2 million for wildfire prediction system

    DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a fire station in Arvada, implementing one of several bills...

  • Bledsoe: Worry more about floods than fires

    Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine. It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season....

  • Colorado fire managers to release outlook for wildfire season

    ENGLEWOOD — State and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado. A briefing is scheduled Friday morning. It comes after days of rain in parts of the state that could help reduce or delay wildfires. A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center says...

  • Red flag warning called for Tuesday in El Paso County, but relief could soon be here

    A red flag warning has been called for most of El Paso County after noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. The warning, which is issued when relatively low humidity, dry conditions and gusting winds can increase fire danger, is from 1 and 8 p.m. and covers all but a small portion of the western part of the county....

  • Wildfires burn in Pike National Forest and near Durango

    JEFFERSON — Firefighters are working to contain two wildfires burning in Colorado. Fire managers expect to have a 250-acre wildfire burning near Kenosha Pass fully contained by Monday evening. The U.S. Forest Service says 40 firefighters are working to build hotspots and build containment lines on the Snyder Creek 2 Fire, which is burning in...

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  • Flood threat eases in northeastern Colorado

    STERLING — The flood threat in northeastern Colorado has eased for now but Logan County residents are being asked to remain alert because of additional storms expected during the week. Residents braced for another possible round of flooding Sunday afternoon because of expected heavy rain but Logan County emergency management coordinator Cody...

  • Pueblo County seeks disaster declaration for flood damage

    DENVER (AP) — Pueblo County says it will seek a disaster declaration after rain and flooding pounded the region over the past three weeks. The declaration includes a request for help from the government to repair damage to public structures caused by heavy rain and flooding that started May 3. The county has asked residents to send damage...

  • Hickenlooper discusses southern Colorado flooding, bills awaiting signature

    PUEBLO - Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to help southern Colorado rebuild flood-damaged roads Friday as he spoke to the powerful Action 22 lobby in Pueblo for a legislative session review. "We're going to help you in any way we can to get the roads rebuilt, but the water is to be blessed," said Hickenlooper, a former geologist who noted that...

  • Saturated ground continues to cause chaos in Pikes Peak region

    Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city. Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park...

  • Cracked pavement causes El Paso County road closure

    McKay Road off of Old Stage Road, southwest of the Broadmoor Golf Club, was closed Thursday night because of damage that couldn't be evaluated properly in the dark, an El Paso County official said. A nearby resident reported a crack in the pavement that occurred sometime during the day Thursday, and the county closed the road as a safety...

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