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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
117 fire updates: Wind speeds increasing in southern El Paso County
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 1 hr ago

Here are the latest updates from the 117 fire. With winds expected to increase throughout the day, firefighters are urgently working to contain...

Fire News
Local nonprofits provide resources to 117 fire victims
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 4 hr ago

Two local nonprofits will provide food, clothing and other items to people affected by the Mile Marker 117 fire Saturday at Hanover Junior-Senior...

Fire News
Timeline of events for 117 fire in El Paso County
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 6 hr ago


1 p.m., the wind-fueled, rapidly-spreading fire reported near Interstate 25 and mile marker 117.

1:33 p.m., the El Paso County...

Fire News
List: Phone numbers for people affected by the 117 fire
By: - 0 7 hr ago

The state has taken over incident command of the 117 fire in southern El Paso County. The fire information line for those affected is 719-428-5223,...

Fire News
Top 10 largest wildfires in Colorado history
By: - 0 9 hr ago

Here's a look at the 10 largest wildfires in Colorado history.

Flood News

Flood News
El Paso County declines $1.3M federal grant for flood repairs
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Jan 31, 2018

In a rare move, El Paso County is turning down a $1.3 million federal grant for flood recovery amid concerns about meeting its deadline.