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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
Carson Midway blaze mostly out; trash, tire fires keep some residents out
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 3 hr ago

The Carson Midway Fire is mostly extinguished, although some tire and trash piles continue to burn near Prairie Fire Point, the El Paso County...

Stateline fire mostly contained after burning 28,000 acres in 3 states
By: - 0 13 hr ago

Firefighters largely have contained the Stateline fire, which has burned approximately 28,105 acres across Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma.


Fire News
Carson Midway fire 100 percent contained; Army investigating cause
By: - 0 14 hr ago

The Carson Midway fire that started Friday on Fort Carson and grew to 3,300 acres, burning three homes and forcing hundreds to evacuate, was declared...

Fire News
Anger toward Army builds over fire that started on Fort Carson, destroyed three houses
By: Liz Forster - 0 Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Anger toward Fort Carson continued to build among southern El Paso County residents a day after three homes were destroyed by a fire that started on...

Fire News
Fire that started on Fort Carson burns homes, forces evacuations
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Firefighters fought to protect homes Friday as ferocious, shifting winds spread flames that devoured more than 2,100 acres south of Colorado Springs,...

Flood News

Flood News
El Paso County declines $1.3M federal grant for flood repairs
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Jan 31, 2018

In a rare move, El Paso County is turning down a $1.3 million federal grant for flood recovery amid concerns about meeting its deadline.