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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.

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Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing...

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...

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...

Flood projects should
 ease U.S. 24 closures west of Colorado Springs

After spending more than $10 million during the last two years on flash-flood control along Ute Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes that steps taken between...

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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  • Weather slows Yosemite wildfire that dozens fled

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather on Monday slowed the spread of a wildfire that forced the helicopter evacuation of dozens of people from the famous Half Dome rock in Yosemite National Park. "We were pleasantly surprised with high humidity and scattered showers throughout the morning," said Kari Cobb, a park ranger. "So...

  • Firefighter uses drone to study burned buildings

    WINDSOR — A volunteer firefighter with Windsor Severance Fire Rescue has found a way to incorporate a drone into his work. Loveland resident Mike Vickerman uses a drone he purchased in late July to help WSFR investigate fire-damaged structures and capture events in northern Colorado. Vickerman, 43, plans to one day use his unmanned aerial...

  • Survivor identified in Cañon City house explosion

    The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page early Thursday morning that a Cañon City neighborhood was evacuated after a home exploded due to a gas leak. Gazette news partner KKTV reported that around 2:30 a.m. that a man in his 30s was injured when his home at 1509 Woodlawn Ave. KKTV reported that the man survived the...

  • Volunteer fire crews understaffed

    Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado's residents, with solely volunteer departments being responsible for about 70 percent of the state's land surface. And they are significantly understaffed. The Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association estimates that Colorado is short 3,500 volunteers in meeting National Fire Protection...

  • Pueblo dispatch center sends local firefighters around the country

    Things are finally calming down for a Pueblo fire dispatch center that deployed regional firefighters to battle wildfires around the western United States this summer. "When Oregon and Idaho were really ramping up, in a one-week period we processed over 200 requests," said Tammy Milton, the Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center manager. "I...

  • Status of Black Fores Fire Station 2 still up for debate

    It's been four months since the Black Forest Fire Protection District board members eliminated part-time paid staffing at Fire Station 2. The move and the status of the station have been a point of contention for current and former board members and residents since the move was announced in an April meeting before the board elections. Cutting...

  • Black Forest fire chief's status remains muddled although board hasn't heard from Harvey in 11 weeks

    Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey has not officially resigned, but his actions, including his refusal to communicate with the board, have amounted to a public resignation, fire district board members said Wednesday night. At its monthly meeting, the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District board reiterated that it will begin searching...

  • Calif. wildfires: Some 
evacuees return home

    OAKHURST, Calif. - Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it had spanned about twice as much ground, state fire officials...

  • 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,...

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