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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
Older couples unable to escape wildfires embrace a last time 
By: - 0 Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived...

Fire News
Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires
By: - 0 Tue, Oct 17, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods.

Some will...

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Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss
By: - 0 Mon, Oct 16, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Tom and Catherine Andrews live on the edge of devastation.

On one side of their mid-century style home, the deadly...

Fire News
Colorado sending 20 fire engines to California wildfires 
By: - 0 Mon, Oct 16, 2017

DENVER — Colorado is sending 20 fire engines to California to help fight the wildfires that have been devastating the state.

The Colorado...

Fire News
Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain
By: 0 Mon, Oct 16, 2017

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old...

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...

Flood News
Flash flood warning issued for northwestern El Paso County, Waldo Canyon burn scar
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Sat, Jul 15, 2017

A flood advisory has been issued for southwestern El Paso County on Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.