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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 ...

'Treatment train' a small step in solving stormwater issues

On a dry November day, the Millibo Art Theatre's new garden looked like just a bed of rocks snaking through breathtaking red, blue and white flowers. But in the rain, it can...

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...

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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  • Former Black Forest fire chief cleared by DA in use of fire district credit cards

    The El Paso County District Attorney's Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey use of the district's credit card. Harvey put four charges on the card, all of which the DA's office declared were legitimate, according to a letter sent to the district's board,...

  • Large fire in Chipita Park

    A huge fire started in Chipita Park Thursday night. It is in the 9000 block of Mohawk Trail. Flames are visible for miles away. Firefighters say two people were able to escape and there were no injuries. The freezing temperatures and snow made it hard for the firefighters to fight the flames, but by 10:30 p.m. the fire was knocked...

  • Fire closes Manitou Avenue

    Manitou Ave was closed for a short time Wednesday evening due to a fire in downtown Manitou Springs. The fire broke out in the basement of the Whickerbill. Firefighters say they were able to get the fire out before it spread to bunch of dried wood that was being kept in the basement. No one was hurt.

  • Upgrade of Colorado Springs firefighter memorial on track for April completion

    For families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is more than a physical commemoration of their loved ones' sacrifices. Some family members, like Kristen Pascall and Terry Hekkers, attend the ceremony year after year to meet with others who know their pain. The memorial is in the midst of a $4...

  • Colorado Springs storage unit fire human-caused

    A fire that damaged at least 10 storage units Saturday at a west Colorado Springs facility was human-caused, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday. Several units at SecureCare Self Storage at 2005 King Street were ablaze when firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday. Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for CSFD, said in an...

  • Colorado Springs burns will clear brush near highway

    Colorado Springs Utilities plans to conduct agricultural burns this week to clear brush and vegetation from irrigation ditches, the company said in a news release. The utilities' wildland fire team will conduct the burns Thursday and Friday at 4940 south Highway 85/87, weather permitting. Motorists on Interstate 25, Academy Boulevard and...

  • Women hotshots blaze trail

    Mary Lowry was a freshly minted graduate from Colorado College in 1997 when she arrived for her first day of work with the Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew. As she stepped from her car at the crew's home in Monument, she heard screams and cheers. "I parked my car and I get out and I hear all these men, and I can't see anyone," Lowry recalled....

  • Colorado Springs among six candidates for fire research center

    Colorado Springs is one of six locations vying for a fire research center that will become the technological home of the state's new firefighting air fleet. Requirements for the Center for Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting include a local university, varied fire-prone terrain and an airport equipped to handle large...

  • Grass fire, power outage near downtown Colorado Springs caused by construction mishap

    A small grass fire near downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday started when an excavator hit a power line, a spokesman for the city's fire department said. The work was being done near Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street, said Capt. Steve Oswald. The fire department originally reported that a transformer was hit by the excavator. About 400...

  • Is El Paso County destined for another drought after warm winter days?

    The year has kicked off with unseasonably high temperatures in El Paso County, and area firefighters already have battled three grass fires. But those factors do not mean the region is in for a dry summer and a bad fire season. T-shirt weather in the middle of winter and three recent fires would not seem to be a good start to 2015, given...

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