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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

Fire News
Fire danger rises along Colorado’s Front Range
By: - 0 Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Several wildfires broke out in northeastern Colorado on Monday, and unseasonably warm, windy weather could spark an additional round of fires...

Fire News
Colorado brushfires burn hundreds of acres; wind gusts and sparks ignite dry grass
By: - 0 Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Brushfires broke out around Colorado and burned hundreds of acres Sunday as exceptionally high temperatures combined with wind gusts and sparks that...

Fire News
Crews quash grass fire near Colorado Springs Airport
By: - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Fire crews are working to put out a grass fire on South Powers Boulevard near Grinnell Boulevard on the southeast side of Colorado Springs.


Fire News
Husband of Denver’s district attorney accused of violating Grand County burn ordinance, starting wildfire
By: - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Christopher Linsmayer, the husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, is facing charges in Grand County that he violated a burn ordinance...

Fire News
Colorado has 834 million dead trees; fires could get worse
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

DENVER — Foresters say Colorado has about 834 million standing dead trees, threatening to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow...

Flood News

Flood News
Public meetings scheduled to discuss Colorado Springs-area creek restoration
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Wed, Nov 16, 2016

A trio of meetings are scheduled to get public input on the Upper Monument Creek Landscape Restoration project that aims to provide more support to...

Flood News
Officials tout completion of first phase in project to remove Colorado Springs homes from flood plain
By: Matt Steiner - 0 Wed, Nov 2, 2016

Colorado Springs officials stood beside a dry Camp Creek near Garden of the Gods on Wednesday morning, showing off the completed first phase of a...