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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
Douglas County could sign deal with air tanker based in Colorado Springs to take on future wildfires
By: - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

Douglas County may soon be pulling out the big guns on the upcoming wildfire season — or more specifically, a giant 19,200-gallon water gun that...

Fire News
Puma Fire west of Colorado Springs doubles in size, but pre-evacuation notices lifted
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Wed, May 17, 2017

Pre-evacuation notices were lifted Tuesday for residents near Lake George in Park County, where a forest fire has been burning since Sunday.


Fire News
Crews, helicopter battling 44-acre wildfire west of Lake George
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Mon, May 15, 2017

U.S. Forest Service firefighters worked overnight to try to contain a fire that had burned 44 acres near Lake George in Park County by Sunday night,...

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Saturday workshop will help Colorado Springs communities prepare for wildfires
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, May 3, 2017

A workshop on Saturday will give El Paso County residents the chance to learn how they can ready their communities for the elevated wildfire danger...

Fire News
Man arrested for northeast Colorado wildfire that destroyed 3 homes
By: - 0 Wed, Apr 26, 2017

DENVER — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of starting a wildfire that scorched more than 30,000 acres, destroyed three homes and killed...

Flood News

Flood News
Roads reopening as floodwaters recede in Beulah
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Fri, May 12, 2017

Several roads that were washed out and covered in debris by major flooding in Beulah this week were reopened Friday, officials said.


Flood News
Rising from the ashes and flood, historic Flying W Ranch to reopen in a year
By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, May 10, 2017

Leigh Ann Wolfe has been through hell and high water, seeing her family's historic Flying W Ranch and tourist attraction destroyed by the Waldo...

Flood News
Community meeting Thursday to discuss flash flood danger near Waldo Canyon fire burn scar
By: Chhun Sun - 0 Thu, Apr 20, 2017

The public is invited to a meeting Thursday about the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar recovery efforts and information on how officials respond to flash...