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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
Fire blocks route for dozens in Glacier National Park chalet
By: - 0 Sat, Aug 12, 2017

HELENA, Mont. — A wildfire has cut off the return route for dozens of people staying in a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet, leaving them the...

Fire News
Colorado Springs airmen scoring victories against Western wildfires
By: Tom Roeder - 0 Sun, Aug 6, 2017

With more than 500,000 acres ablaze across the Western United States, aerial firefighters from Colorado Springs have been hopping with daily sorties...

Fire News
Exact causes of 3 Colorado fires remain undetermined 
By: - 0 Thu, Aug 3, 2017

DURANGO — Firefighters say they have not determined the official causes of three fires that started earlier this year in Durango.

The Durango...

Fire News
Peterson Air Force Base reservists to help fight fires in Western United States
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Peterson Air Force Base is sending an aircraft and crew to help fight fires in the Western United States, a news release says.

"Elevated fire...

Fire News
Colorado Springs-based supertanker gets approval to fight U.S. wildfires 
By: - 0 Wed, Jul 26, 2017

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials have given a giant airtanker approval to fight wildfires in the U.S., but a lack of contracts currently limits the...

Flood News

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.


Flood News
Roads reopening as floodwaters recede in Beulah
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Fri, May 12, 2017

Several roads that were washed out and covered in debris by major flooding in Beulah this week were reopened Friday, officials said.


Flood News
Rising from the ashes and flood, historic Flying W Ranch to reopen in a year
By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, May 10, 2017

Leigh Ann Wolfe has been through hell and high water, seeing her family's historic Flying W Ranch and tourist attraction destroyed by the Waldo...