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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
Firefighters battle wildfire in Summit County
By: - 0 Sat, Oct 3, 2015

SILVERTHORNE — Summit County firefighters are battling a wildfire that has scorched more than 70 acres.

About 50 firefighters responded to the...

UPDATE: Mobile home a total loss in fire north of Colorado Springs
By: - 0 Tue, Sep 29, 2015

A blaze Tuesday morning that destroyed a vacant mobile home north of Colorado Springs was put out in about an hour by several agencies, according to...

Summer storms by the numbers: Colorado Springs and El Paso County
0 Sun, Sep 27, 2015

A summer of storms has left damage on Colorado Springs and El Paso County that continues to be cleaned up.

Fire marshal: Black Forest fire presented several challenges to fire crews
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Sat, Sep 26, 2015

SNOWMASS - Firefighters faced more than a perfect storm of heat, wind and dry vegetation when the Black Forest fire exploded on June 11, 2013.


El Paso County's approach to fire codes held up as bad example at conference
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Fri, Sep 25, 2015

SNOWMASS - After two destructive wildfires, El Paso County has a reputation of being the county that didn't enact changes to land use or fire codes,...

Flood News
FEMA to show preliminary changes to 2017 floodplain maps for Pikes Peak region
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 6 hr ago

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold a public meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to allow residents to review preliminary changes to the...

Summer storms by the numbers: Colorado Springs and El Paso County
0 Sun, Sep 27, 2015

A summer of storms has left damage on Colorado Springs and El Paso County that continues to be cleaned up.

Low-interest loans available for Colorado Springs-area landslide victims: 5 things to know
By: Ryan Maye Handy - 0 Tue, Sep 22, 2015

El Paso County will be one of eight Colorado counties to receive federal aid to clean up from landslides, the Small Business Administration announced...

Authorities confirm 9th death in flash flood, search continues in polygamous Utah town
By: - 0 Tue, Sep 15, 2015

HILDALE, Utah — The latest on flash floods that swept away vehicles, killing 9 people (all times local):

12:30 p.m. MDT


No guarantee that flooding at Colorado Springs autism center won't happen again
By: Maria St. Louis-Sanchez - 0 Tue, Sep 8, 2015

A month after a flash flood closed the Alpine Autism Center, staff members are working to get their youngsters back into a routine while still...