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Danger at our Doorstep

A GUIDE TO PREPARE FOR COLORADO’S DISASTERS

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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Colorado floods, 1-year anniversary: Rebuilding continues after death, devastation

Andi Chernushin walked through her home just yards from the banks of Cheyenne Creek on Wednesday. She pointed to bare studs where walls once framed her finished basement,...

Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing...

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 ...

'Treatment train' a small step in solving stormwater issues

On a dry November day, the Millibo Art Theatre's new garden looked like just a bed of rocks snaking through breathtaking red, blue and white flowers. But in the rain, it can...

Manitou Springs

Standing deep inside Williams Canyon next to concrete walls built to guide floodwaters, boulders, logs and other debris into steel nets and a sediment retention pond, Roger...

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.

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  • Man who accidentally started El Paso County fire was visiting from Wheatridge

    An out-of-town man was cited for causing an El Paso County fire that forced evacuations on Saturday. The fire in eastern El Paso County near Peyton, was caused when a man visiting friends or family started a brush fire and apparently left the property, allowing the fire to get out of control, said Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the El Paso...

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office issues cause for Donner Pass fire

    The cause of a grass fire in a grassy area well-known for illegal target shooting has been ruled undetermined, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday. The 2-to-3-acre fire near the Pikes Peak International Raceway March 23 was the second in about a week. On March 15, the Donner Pass fire burned about 50 acres of grass in the same...

  • 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, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way...

  • Send your questions about disaster preparation and recovery to The Gazette

    It's that time of year again, when residents around El Paso County should gear up for wildfire and flood season in Colorado. While no one can predict disasters - and it's still too early to tell if the county might have a bad wildfire year - it's never to early to prepare. Do you know how to protect your house from a wildfire, or flood?...

  • Off-duty Colorado Springs police officer helps man, son escape fire-damaged home

    An off-duty Colorado Springs police officer helped and a man and his son leave a home damaged by fire on Palmer Park Boulevard on Sunday afternoon, Colorado Springs firefighters said. Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5119 Palmer Park Blvd. about 1 p.m. Jimmy Paladino, the off-duty officer, was walking his dog by the home and went...

  • Woodland Park man, and 'ponies,' to ride 1,000 miles for combat vets

    When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally. The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride. And during their time together on backcountry outings on the...

  • Man cited with arson in eastern El Paso County wildfire

    A homeowner was cited with fourth-degree arson, accused of starting a 78-acre wildfire in eastern El Paso County, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said Saturday night. The blaze, which was 100 percent contained by about 7 p.m., had prompted mandatory evacuations earlier between Peyton and Ellicott highways to the west and east,...

  • Postal truck burns in Colorado Springs

    Flames engulfed a postal vehicle in Colorado Springs Saturday, damaging an unknown amount of mail. An engine compartment fire spread to the rest of the vehicle at North Academy Boulevard and Carefree Circle, said Fire Lt. Tarrick Patterson. Most of the mail had been delivered when a fire truck arrived on scene about 12:45 p.m., Patterson...

  • Lint caused Colorado Springs house fire

    A house fire that displaced three families comprised of nine people and killed four dogs on Constitution Avenue Wednesday evening was caused by a buildup of lint in the home's dryer vent pipe, according to Colorado Springs fire investigators. The fire, reported around 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave., was ruled accidental, said fire...

  • 3 families displaced, 4 dogs killed by Colorado Springs house fire

    A house fire on Constitution Avenue displaced three families and killed four dogs on Wednesday evening. The fire, which began shortly before 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave. in eastern Colorado Springs, started in the basement and spread to the upper levels of the home. The fire was initially reported as a chimney fire. Firefighters and...

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