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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...

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Largest wildfire on record in California finally contained
By: - 0 Fri, Jan 12, 2018

VENTURA, Calif. — The largest wildfire on record in California was declared contained on Friday, days after mud on the coastal mountain slopes it...

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'Something did survive' California wildfires: Goldfish 
By: - 0 Wed, Dec 27, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — What Logan Hertel and his friends found in the scorched remains of their Northern California neighborhood wasn't a photo album,...

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California wildfire now largest in state history
By: - 0 Sat, Dec 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California wildfire that has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles...

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Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave
By: - 0 Sat, Dec 16, 2017

The massive wildfire that California has been battling since early December has now ballooned into the third-largest in the state's history,...

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Firefighters extinguish 2-acre grass fire in Falcon
By: Liz Forster - 0 Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Fire crews are working to extinguish a 2-acre grass fire Saturday afternoon in Falcon.

The Falcon Fire Department tweeted at 12:40 p.m....

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