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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
Experts warn of a 'new era of mega-catastrophes' driven by climate change
By: Liz Forster - 0 Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Already on pace to be the second- or third-hottest year on record, 2017 also will be remembered for another milestone: the most natural disasters in...

Fire News
El Paso County grass fire caused by car stuck in ditch
By: - 0 Tue, Nov 14, 2017

A car and a trailer were destroyed after the vehicle sparked a fire just after midnight Tuesday morning.

The Hanover fire chief says the car...

Fire News
Colorado Springs-based supertanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires 
By: - 0 Thu, Nov 9, 2017

BOISE, Idaho — A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an...

Fire News
Residents fear illegally parked trailer could spark wildfire
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Residents of Cheyenne Mountain Estates mobile home park were relieved Friday to learn that an illegally parked trailer on Piute Road will be moved...

Fire News
Grass fire in west Colorado Springs caused by homeless camp fire
By: Liz Forster - 0 Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Firefighters are responding to a grass fire burning near an apartment complex on the Springs' west side.

The fire was spotted by a resident at...

Flood News

Flood News
Crippled Houston watches dams, levees; forecast offers hope
By: - 0 Tue, Aug 29, 2017

HOUSTON — With its flood defenses strained, the crippled city of Houston anxiously watched dams and levees Tuesday to see if they would hold until...

Flood News
Flood warning issued for southern Colorado Springs
By: Liz Forster - 0 Sat, Jul 22, 2017

A flash flood warning has been issued for southern Colorado Springs between Fort Carson and Widefield until 8:45 p.m.

The National Weather...