News: Fire & Environment

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.

<<Prev Next>>

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 ...

Colorado Springs stormwater plan should keep debris out of residential areas

People living in neighborhoods below the Flying W Ranch in western Colorado Springs can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. Tim Mitros, the stormwater manager for the...

Fire and rain: Region girds for disasters

Wildfire ravaged the mountains west of Colorado Springs on a hot, dry day in June 2012 after smoke billowed out of Waldo Canyon. Two lives, 347 homes and acre upon acre of...

Side Streets: Disaster nothing new for area so be prepared

There's plenty of history that teaches us bad things do happen. And with some regularity. - To know this, you don't have to be a history expert. I have learned this lesson...

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...

Disaster planning, communication better

Local emergency officials have improved their disaster planning after the wildfires and floods of the past two years.

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.

Danger Doorstep Feature Video

Fire News view all

  • Bear cub burned in Washington wildfire recovering

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A black-bear cub burned in a devastating Washington state wildfire is making a slow recovery at a California wildlife center. The cub, named Cinder, still has third-degree burns on her paws that require new bandages every other day, and she's still on pain medications and antibiotics, The Wenatchee World reported...

  • New planes could have helped firefighters locate Waldo Canyon fire before it grew

    On the searing-hot morning of June 23, 2012, Chris Como and his wife were hiking on Waldo Canyon trail when they saw a puff of smoke. "I guess it was around noon, and my wife was looking over my shoulder," Como recalled two years later. She thought she saw something; he saw nothing. "But then she saw it again." Como, a Woodland Park resident,...

  • 'A game-changer:' PC-12s put Colorado firefighters ahead of the curve

    State officials closed the deal last week to add two rare multimission aircraft to Colorado's Firefighting Air Corps, a move that will usher in a new age of tech-savvy firefighting. The two PC-12s will be equipped with remote sensing thermal technology designed to see through smoke, work day and night and provide real-time maps to firefighters...

  • Technology will make mapping fires more timely, accurate

    When he thinks of fire maps, fire researcher Phil Riggan thinks of a story. In it, a Western governor grappling with a catastrophic wildfire asks a firefighter to show him where the fire is. The firefighter points to a map, a classic firefighting tool put together every 12 hours with infrared cameras. "No," the governor says. "That's where it...

  • New Pavilion adds to Black Forest Festival celebration

    It's back. The feeling that there's something great to celebrate returned to Black Forest Saturday, during the community's annual homegrown street festival. And this year, the 2,000 or so residents and friends welcomed a new, permanent addition that many believe will bring more of a sense of community to the area torn apart by fire last...

  • Black Forest Fire Chief Harvey appears to have resigned

    Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey has resigned, the Black Forest Fire Rescue District board chairman said Thursday. "He came and cleaned out his office yesterday," said chairman Rick McMorran, who called the action baffling. "He hasn't said anything directly to the board," McMorran said. "We are aware that he's making that statement."...

  • Weather helps fight wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Authorities say weather conditions have helped them make progress fighting a small wildfire burning near the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said Wednesday that calm winds and higher humidity helped firefighters battling the 7-acre fire burning about a mile north of...

  • Governor tours Colorado Springs fire stations, receives endorsement from state firefighters union

    Colorado's firefighters union endorsed Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday with the group's president praising the governor's dedication to the safety of firefighters. "The governor has shown strong leadership and truly cares about firefighters," Mike Rogers, president of Colorado Professional Firefighters, said while standing in front of the...

  • Couple who lost their home in Black Forest Fire to be awarded Keeper of the Keys

    The Keeper of the Keys. It sounds like a character's title in the TV fantasy "Game of Thrones." Ray Rozak and his wife, Lin, could star in the epic tale. But their life's saga is story enough. The Keepers title will be bestowed on them Sunday at the Black Forest Community Hall. The award is given by the Black Forest Club to those who have...

  • Researchers hope to understand long-term effects of trauma through survey of Black Forest, Waldo Canyon fire victims

    A group of researchers are turning their attention to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires with the hope of learning more about families and how they cope with disaster. A behavior expert and a research associate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are part of the team reaching out to parents and kids to take part in a...

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement