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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 ...

Colorado Springs stormwater plan should keep debris out of residential areas

People living in neighborhoods below the Flying W Ranch in western Colorado Springs can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. Tim Mitros, the stormwater manager for the...

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...

Flood projects should
 ease U.S. 24 closures west of Colorado Springs

After spending more than $10 million during the last two years on flash-flood control along Ute Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes that steps taken between...

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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  • Hundreds gather as Waldo Canyon fire memorials are dedicated

    On Saturday morning, John and Sheryl Everett listened as elected officials and neighbors in the Mountain Shadows community recounted the harrowing days in June and July 2012, when 347 homes were destroyed and 18,000 acres burned in the Waldo Canyon fire. And the stories from one particular day, June 26, 2012, when John's brother and...

  • Black Forest fire started by humans, but how or by who still unknown, says new report

    The trail leading to the cause of the Black Forest fire has officially gone cold. After more than a year of investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that how the state's most destructive fire started remains a mystery. "We don't have any further leads," Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White said. "Until we get...

  • Firefighters extinguish fifth structure fire in Pikes Peak region in a week

    A fire at a southwest Colorado Springs condominium about 1 p.m. Friday was quickly extinguished by firefighters.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke in the attic, and fire in the walls around a gas fireplace in a unit at the Strawberry Fields gated condominium community, Colorado Springs firefighters said. No injuries were reported and the...

  • Cripple Creek Fire Department embarks on lengthy accreditation process

    A small Pikes Peak region fire department is taking its first steps toward obtaining an accreditation that only about 200 other fire departments in the world have earned. The accreditation is granted by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping emergency and fire agencies improve their services....

  • Federal grant money goes Black Forest, Waldo Canyon fire recovery efforts

    A portion of almost $200 million designated for recovery from floods and fires in the state will come to El Paso County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Colorado's most recent plan for flood and fire disaster recovery, the Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday. The $199.3 million is the...

  • Fort Carson likely to cancel planned burn

    Firefighters were eying gusty winds ahead of a planned burn of Fort Carson rangeland in Pueblo County. The burn was planned for Monday, but a base spokeswoman said gusty winds from a front pushing south through Colorado would likely cancel it. "Safety is our No. 1 concern," she said. Fort Carson has been burning off standing bush on...

  • Internet service for some being restored after Colorado Springs-area fire

    (AP) Peak Internet says service is being restored to customers in Woodland Park and Colorado Springs following a fire at one of its facilities. The company says on its Facebook page a vendor delivered replacement equipment on Sunday and technicians hope to have service back up on Monday. In the meantime, the company is urging customers not...

  • El Paso, Teller county communities leaders in Firewise work

    El Paso County leads the state in the number of neighborhoods and communities to receive a "firewise" designation, with Teller County second, according to the Colorado State Forest Service. The Firewise program, which encourages neighbors to work together to reduce fire risk, has gained traction since 2012, said Courtney Peterson, wildfire...

  • Off-road motorcycle unit lets Colorado Springs Fire Department respond to any emergency

    In a region where outdoor thrills are plentiful, ice rescues, lost hikers and injured rock climbers are a year-round reality for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. For some firefighters, mountain rescues are just as much a part of the job as house fires and car crashes. They have an arsenal of tools for the job, including a half dozen...

  • Prescribed burns planned northwest of Colorado Springs

    Authorities plan to take advantage of good weather conditions to set prescribed burns near Colorado Springs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Friday that one burn — weather permitting — is set for late this week on U.S. Forest Service land nine miles north of Woodland Park off Highway 67. Others are planned near Lake George. The agency says...

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