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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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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
Rain on Hayden Pass burn scar will cause flash flood worries
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Officials spent hours Wednesday walking through muddy ash in the Hayden Pass burn scar, the site mere hours earlier of life-threatening flash...

Fire News
Officials say Colorado wildfire was caused by humans as crews to continue to battle blaze
By: - 0 Tue, Aug 23, 2016

WALDEN — Officials believe the Beaver Creek fire burning in northwest Colorado since June was caused by humans.

In an incident update Monday,...

Fire News
California wildfire consumes dozens of structures, only 4 percent contained
By: - 0 Thu, Aug 18, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A ferocious wildfire had swallowed up many homes as it spread across more than 49 square miles of mountain and desert east...

Fire News
Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews
By: - 0 Wed, Aug 17, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides,...

Fire News
Blue Cut fire claims historic Route 66 diner
By: - 0 Wed, Aug 17, 2016

Route 66’s famous Summit Inn has joined Colorado Springs’ Flying W Ranch as a historic landmark destroyed by wildfire.

Fire officials say a...

Flood News

Flood News
Man saves own dog left floating on mattress from rising floodwaters
By: - 0 23 hr ago

Floodwaters pushed open the door to Corey Guy's apartment Monday, putting his dog Xena in grave danger.

Xena was home alone in Guy's...

Flood News
Rain on Hayden Pass burn scar will cause flash flood worries
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Officials spent hours Wednesday walking through muddy ash in the Hayden Pass burn scar, the site mere hours earlier of life-threatening flash...

Flood News
Louisiana newspaper urges Obama to end his vacation and visit flood sites
By: - 0 Thu, Aug 18, 2016

One of Louisiana’s largest newspapers has a message for President Obama: End your vacation and come visit our flood-ravaged state.

The...