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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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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 ...

Major mitigation work continues in the Colorado Springs area

Volunteers and paid crews are working across the Pikes Peak region on wildfire and flood mitigation after two years of devastating disasters.

Fire and rain: Region girds for disasters

Wildfire ravaged the mountains west of Colorado Springs on a hot, dry day in June 2012 after smoke billowed out of Waldo Canyon. Two lives, 347 homes and acre upon acre of...

Manitou Springs women move forward, adapting to a 'new normal' after last summer's disaster

Last summer's floods have changed the way many residents think, how they operate their...

Side Streets: Disaster nothing new for area so be prepared

There's plenty of history that teaches us bad things do happen. And with some regularity. - To know this, you don't have to be a history expert. I have learned this lesson...

Disaster planning, communication better

Local emergency officials have improved their disaster planning after the wildfires and floods of the past two years.

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.

Danger Doorstep Feature Video

The Westcreek fire smolders on March 30. KOAA photo.

Officials worry about fire dangers from target shooting

News: Local News Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Target shooters beware. As summer nears, temperatures will rise, winds will pick up, forest...

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy shaped quicker military response to Black Forest fire

News: Local News Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

Colorado wildfires have taught military commanders how to respond more quickly to disasters, the...

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  • Flood, fire mitigation work around Colorado Springs will soon be complete, but land won't heal as quickly

    Pikes Peak area residents don't have to travel far to see reminders of what two years of fires and floods have done to communities and the land that surrounds them. They see it up close and personal in Black Forest, Manitou Springs, Mountain Shadows and along almost every stretch of roadway that skirts the mountains in western El Paso County...

  • Colorado wildfire conference a chance to share lessons learned

    Fire officials, emergency managers and disaster planners from across Colorado will be in Glenwood Springs this week at a wildfire conference. Doug Paul, chairman of the organizing committee for the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference, said the gathering ran for more than a decade before fading away in 2008. According to Paul, two years of...

  • Udall concerned military cuts could impact firefighting readiness

    Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the military is ready for another season of battling wildfires from the air, but remains worried that planned cuts could impact readiness. The Democrat visited U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Monday and met with top brass about wildfire preparedness. The command...

  • Colorado officials advise more fire compensation

    DENVER — Five more victims of a deadly 2012 wildfire sparked by what was supposed to have been a controlled burn should get more than $1 million in compensation, the Colorado State Claims Board says. The Denver Post reported Thursday ( ) that the board's decision on Wednesday brings the total in recommended...

  • 5 Colorado fire groups coordinate communications

    DENVER — Five fire agencies serving 23 towns and 1 million people in the Denver area are consolidating communications under a single computer dispatch system. The Denver Post reported Monday ( ) that the Jefferson-Arapahoe Consolidated Computer-Aided Dispatch system will begin operating in October. Parts of...

  • Colorado Springs to hold fire and flood meetings

    The city of Colorado Springs will hold two public meetings at the end of April, one in the southwest part of town to discuss fire danger and mitigation and the other to talk about a flood-control project in the Camp Creek watershed. The fire meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 24 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. City spokeswoman...

  • A united front: Black Forest residents urged to view fire mitigation as civic duty

    Fire doesn't care about property lines or homeowners association boundaries. Flames are indiscriminate. Equal opportunity, you might say. That's why the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District is attacking fire safety and mitigation in a different way this season. Instead of only doing individual wildfire risk assessments for...

  • Colorado governor's aide advises on firefighting

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado governor's top wildfire fighting aide says the state can improve its ability to plan attacks on small blazes before they become big threats by buying two planes with sensing, processing and communications technology. The Denver Post ( ) reported Saturday on the recommendations of Paul L....

  • Report recommends $33 million to fight Colorado wildfires

    A much-anticipated report from Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration on whether Colorado should have its own air fleet to combat deadly wildfires recommends far more ambitious strategies than a measure being proposed in the state legislature. The report from Paul L. Cooke, head of Colorado's Division of Fire Prevention and Control, says...

  • Fire department responds to fire in Palmer Park

    The Colorado Springs Fire Department has responded to a grass fire in Palmer Park. The fire department tweeted at about 1:35 p.m. Friday that it was responding with "an aggressive fire attack." The fire was reportedly near Maizeland and Park Park Boulevard. By 1:46 p.m.