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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...

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'Big Bang Theory' star home destroyed by California wildfire 
By: - 0 11 hr ago

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California.

Nicole Perna,...

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Human-caused wildfire reported near Rampart Range Road
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Yesterday

A human-caused fire was burning less than an acre Monday west of Rampart Range Road near Mount Deception, the U.S. Forest Service reported.


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Hundreds gather to remember Waldo Canyon fire of 2012
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Mon, Jun 26, 2017

When the Waldo Canyon fire tore through Colorado Springs, David Bradley's home was the second to go.

He had moved to the area and joined the...

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El Paso County marking Waldo Canyon fire with picnic and Flying W Wranglers tonight
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Five years and three days after the Waldo Canyon fire started, a community picnic and concert will mark the anniversary of the deadly blaze.


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Wildfire near Kenosha Pass in Park County 50 percent contained
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Sun, Jun 25, 2017

The 392 fire - burning near Kenosha Pass in Park County - doubled in size to 90 acres Sunday, but containment also rose to 50 percent, firefighting...

Flood News

Flood News
Roads reopening as floodwaters recede in Beulah
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Fri, May 12, 2017

Several roads that were washed out and covered in debris by major flooding in Beulah this week were reopened Friday, officials said.


Flood News
Rising from the ashes and flood, historic Flying W Ranch to reopen in a year
By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, May 10, 2017

Leigh Ann Wolfe has been through hell and high water, seeing her family's historic Flying W Ranch and tourist attraction destroyed by the Waldo...

Flood News
Community meeting Thursday to discuss flash flood danger near Waldo Canyon fire burn scar
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Thu, Apr 20, 2017

The public is invited to a meeting Thursday about the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar recovery efforts and information on how officials respond to flash...