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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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Colorado floods, 1-year anniversary: Rebuilding continues after death, devastation

Andi Chernushin walked through her home just yards from the banks of Cheyenne Creek on Wednesday. She pointed to bare studs where walls once framed her finished basement,...

Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing...

Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives for fire mitigation and ...

Colorado Springs stormwater plan should keep debris out of residential areas

People living in neighborhoods below the Flying W Ranch in western Colorado Springs can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. Tim Mitros, the stormwater manager for the...

Manitou Springs

Standing deep inside Williams Canyon next to concrete walls built to guide floodwaters, boulders, logs and other debris into steel nets and a sediment retention pond, Roger...

Flood projects should
 ease U.S. 24 closures west of Colorado Springs

After spending more than $10 million during the last two years on flash-flood control along Ute Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes that steps taken between...

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.

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  • Colorado Springs fire gets residential wildfire mitigation grant

    For the second consecutive year, Colorado Springs fire was awarded a hefty grant from the Allstate Foundation to create safer neighborhoods through wildfire mitigation for many homes. The $30,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation will be used to help pay for wildfire mitigation around at least 60 homes in the Village at Comstock and Discovery...

  • Pulpit Rock residents invited to Thursday night wildland fire meeting

    Residents of the Pulpit Rock interested in participating in a wildland fire evacuation drill are asked to attend a pre-evaucation meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Russell Middle School. The fire evacuation drill is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Oct. 18. The drill will test evacuation capability and provide information to first responders, according...

  • Know what to do in a wildfire? A Colorado Springs neighborhood is invited to participate in drill

    Residents in the Pulpit Rock neighborhood are invited to participate in a wildland fire evacuation drill on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18. The drill will simulate an emergency by testing evacuation capability and providing information to first responders, according to city officials. Participants will receive a simulated mandatory...

  • Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial begins to take shape in Colorado Springs park

    The Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial began to take shape this week. Crews worked Thursday and Friday to build forms and pour concrete for the foundation of the memorial sculpture that will grace Mountain Shadows Park. The sculpture represents rebirth and renewal for the community. The project will honor Bill Everett and Barbara Everett, the two...

  • California wildfire crews brace for weather shift

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago. The King Fire east of Sacramento had burned through 137 square miles, an increase of about 9 square miles...

  • Black Forest fire victims appear in court

    More than two dozen Black Forest residents appeared in a federal court Monday for a hearing in a civil lawsuit launched against the state of Colorado, El Paso County and the Black Forest Fire Rescue District. The lawsuit was filed in August by Darrell Fortner, who lost his house and dogs in the 2013 Black Forest fire. More than 50 claimants...

  • Tears flow as fallen firefighters honored at annual Colorado Springs memorial service

    The ceremony began with a procession of motorcycles and firetrucks headed west on Pikes Peak Avenue to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Memorial Park. Many in the crowd waiting for the service to begin lined the street and used cellphones or cameras to take videos and photos of the vehicles as they passed. The smell of exhaust filled the...

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