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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
El Paso County to provide free tetanus vaccinations for fire cleanup
By: Tony Peck - 0 1 hr ago

El Paso County Public Health will provide free tetanus vaccinations Friday for anyone working on the Carson Midway Fire cleanup, the county announced...

Fire News
EPA takes command of toxic tire fire in southern El Paso County
By: Liz Forster - 0 11 hr ago

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken command of a Fountain-area tire fire that is emitting "extremely poisonous" smoke, is expected to...

Fire News
Grass fire contained near Woodmen Road east of Colorado Springs
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 21 hr ago

A grass fire is burning east of Colorado Springs, the Falcon Fire Department said.

The fire is south of East Woodmen Road between Mohawk and...

Fire News
Residents warned, elementary school classes canceled as officials evaluate risks from El Paso County tire fire
By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Yesterday

The ongoing tire fire in the Midway Ranches area has prompted El Paso County officials to cancel Tuesday classes at a nearby elementary school and...

Fire News
Army remains quiet on whether live rounds were in use when fire started south of Colorado Springs
By: - 0 Yesterday

The Army remained silent Monday on whether live ammunition was in use during a training exercise at Fort Carson three days ago, the same day a fire...

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.