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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.

Danger Doorstep Feature Video

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...

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Colorado breweries host fundraising events to help 416 fire recovery
By: Liz Forster - 0 15 hr ago

Organized by Durango-based Ska Brewing, Save the San Juans Saturday has recruited more than 25 brewing companies, bars and restaurants in the...

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U.S. forest in Colorado to re-open after fire danger ends
By: - 0 Wed, Jun 20, 2018

DURANGO — A sprawling forest closed because of extreme fire danger in southwestern Colorado will re-open Thursday after getting steady rain.


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Gardner addresses 416 fire on the U.S. Senate floor
By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Jun 20, 2018

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner talked about Southwest Colorado's 416 Fire on the chamber floor Tuesday morning, proud of the way the government and fire...

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Crews work to contain Colorado fire as dry weather returns
By: - 0 Mon, Jun 18, 2018

DURANGO - An inch of weekend rain stalled the 416 fire's growth, but dry, hot weather the rest of the week could enable the 34,161-acre fire to...

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Durango, Summit County fires deliver same message about the 'new norm' in Colorado
By: Liz Forster - 0 Mon, Jun 18, 2018

On the morning of June 12, the sky over Summit County filled with glowing clouds of black smoke in just few minutes. Summit County Fire & EMS...

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