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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.

Danger Doorstep Feature Video

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...

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Teen who started massive Oregon wildfire with fireworks must pay $36 million, judge rules
By: - 0 4 hr ago

When a teenager hurled fireworks into a parched canyon near one of Oregon’s most scenic hiking trails, sparking a cloud of smoke to...

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El Paso County relaxes land use code to help victims of 117 and Carson Midway fires
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, May 15, 2018

El Paso County has suspended some provisions of its land use code to make rebuilding easier for residents who lost structures in the 117 and Carson...

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Fire victims hear from El Paso County officials about recovery
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Tue, May 15, 2018

TJ Lippert has spent $4,500 on hay for his cattle since the 117 fire destroyed about 95 percent of his ranch pasture about a month ago.


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El Paso County to hold meeting on Monday for residents affected by 117 fire
By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, May 14, 2018

El Paso County will hold a meeting on Monday for those affected by last month's 117 fire.

The meeting will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria...

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Smoke and haze around Colorado Springs from Arizona wildfire
By: Tony Peck - 0 Mon, Apr 30, 2018

Smoke and haze visible in the Colorado Springs area Monday could be from central Arizona fire, said the National Weather Service in Pueblo.


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.