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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

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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
Colorado expects average to below-average wildfire season
By: - 0 Fri, Apr 14, 2017

DENVER — Colorado can expect an average to slightly below-average wildfire season this year, despite dry conditions and early outbreaks on the...

Fire News
Crews have small grass fire in northern El Paso County contained
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Crews are working to put out a small grass fire in Monument. 

The fire, burning less than an acre, is located off Martingale Road...

Fire News
Wildfire north of Woodland Park started at shooting range, Forest Service says
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Thu, Apr 13, 2017

A wildfire north of Woodland Park started Tuesday at a nearby shooting range in Pike National Forest, the seventh fire in the past two months in the...

Fire News
Crews fighting 40-acre wildfire north of Woodland Park
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Wed, Apr 12, 2017

A 40-acre wildfire about nine miles north of Woodland Park, west of Highway 67, is not threatening any structures, officials said.

The fire,...

Fire News
Burn restrictions lifted in Colorado Springs, El Paso and Teller counties
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Fri, Apr 7, 2017

After a much-needed stretch of rain and snowfall in the region, burn restrictions have been lifted in Colorado Springs and El Paso and Teller...

Flood News

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...