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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
Warm, dry and windy conditions can quickly change mild Colorado wildfire season
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Fire season is here.

Perhaps no one knows this better than the Colorado Springs Fire Department, which approaches every call these days as if...

Fire News
Neighbors grabbed garden hoses to help battle grass fire in Pulpit Rock Park
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Bev Linder was in evacuation mode, watching out her living room window as flames crept over the small hill separating her backyard from Pulpit Rock...

Fire News
Crews responding to grass fire in southeast Colorado Springs
By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Tue, Mar 29, 2016

On one of the first real warm-ups since two storms hit the Pikes Peak region, fire departments were simultaneously working multiple grass fires...

Crews battle grass fire in Calhan
By: - 0 Sun, Mar 13, 2016

Fire crews battled a grass fire late Sunday morning east of Colorado Springs.

According to the Gazette news partner KKTV, the fire was...

Fire News
Wildfire near Ramah extinguished, one structure burned
By: Lance Benzel - 0 Sun, Mar 13, 2016

Fire crews are responding to a grass fire near Ramah in eastern El Paso County.

No structures are currently threatened and no injuries have...

Flood News

Flood News
Worry about flash floods continues years after 'wall of water' crushed western El Paso County
By: Matt Steiner - 0 Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The threat of flash floods continues to linger in the minds of western El Paso County residents.

That worry loomed large for a group that met...

Flood News
Landslide danger on west side prompts Colorado Springs officials to seek buyout money
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Mon, Jan 25, 2016

Landslides on Colorado Springs' west side have prompted city officials to seek federal funding to buy out at least 20 damaged homes that sit on...