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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
Firefighters knock down small blaze south of Colorado Springs
By: Lance Benzel - 0 2 hr ago

A wildland fire crew on Wednesday knocked down a small blaze south of Colorado Springs.

The fire broke out about 2 p.m. in the 12000 block of...

Prescribed burns scheduled throughout Pikes Peak region
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 9 hr ago

Note: Follow @PSICCC_NF and hashtag #TroutCreekRX on Twitter for updates.

October is prescribed fire month in El Paso and Teller...

Bulldog mauled to death in backyard of Colorado home
By: - 0 Fri, Oct 9, 2015

DENVER — Police are asking residents in the suburban Denver town of Lafayette to be cautious after a bulldog was mauled to death in a backyard.


Colorado looking at boosting deer populations; one animal is in the crosshairs
By: Lance Benzel - 0 Thu, Oct 8, 2015

Mountain lions are in the crosshairs of a plan to boost mule deer populations near Salida.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking to increase...

Firefighters battle wildfire in Summit County
By: - 0 Sat, Oct 3, 2015

SILVERTHORNE — Summit County firefighters are battling a wildfire that has scorched more than 70 acres.

About 50 firefighters responded to the...

Flood News
Police seek to commend good Samaritan who pulled man from Colorado Springs creek
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Wed, Oct 7, 2015

A 30-year-old man's life could have been cut short Tuesday night if it wasn't for a good Samaritan who was near Monument Creek and saw the man in the...

FEMA offers early look at 2017 floodplain maps for Pikes Peak region
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Wed, Oct 7, 2015

Jennifer Severski's home is barely in the floodplain - just her garage - but that's enough to bump her yearly insurance bill from $300 to $3,000...

Summer storms by the numbers: Colorado Springs and El Paso County
0 Sun, Sep 27, 2015

A summer of storms has left damage on Colorado Springs and El Paso County that continues to be cleaned up.

Low-interest loans available for Colorado Springs-area landslide victims: 5 things to know
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Tue, Sep 22, 2015

El Paso County will be one of eight Colorado counties to receive federal aid to clean up from landslides, the Small Business Administration announced...

Authorities confirm 9th death in flash flood, search continues in polygamous Utah town
By: - 0 Tue, Sep 15, 2015

HILDALE, Utah — The latest on flash floods that swept away vehicles, killing 9 people (all times local):

12:30 p.m. MDT