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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
Beaver Creek wildfire near Walden at 5 percent containment, burning 5,368 acres
By: - 0 Fri, Jun 24, 2016

The Beaver Creek fire that has been burning near Walden since Sunday has been 5 percent contained as of Friday afternoon as hundreds of firefighters...

Fire News
New vegetation slowly bringing Waldo Canyon burn scar back to life
By: Matt Steiner - 0 Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Driving along Rampart Range Road west of Colorado Springs, one can't help but notice mile after mile of small aspens lining the picturesque...

Fire News
Fire burning in southeastern Colorado closes highway
By: Tiffany Ditto - 0 Wed, Jun 22, 2016

A fire in Kiowa County has burned a train trestle and closed Highway 96 at mile marker 142, Kiowa County Sheriff Casey Sheridan said.


Fire News
Hundreds of new evacuations across West as wildfires surge
By: - 0 Tue, Jun 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Surging wildfires on Tuesday forced new evacuations of hundreds of homes across the West, while firefighters worked to beat back a pair...

Fire News
Slight easing of heat wave on California fire lines
By: - 0 Tue, Jun 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Firefighters hoped to make gains against Southern California wildfires as an intense heat wave eased slightly Tuesday.

Two fires...

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...