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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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Remnants of hurricane help crews in Colorado, Wyoming fires
By: - 0 10 hr ago

DURANGO — A welcome dose of rain has helped in the battle against a wildfire that has blackened more than 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) and...

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Durango, Summit County fires deliver same message about the 'new norm' in Colorado
By: Liz Forster - 0 21 hr ago

On the morning of June 12, the sky over Summit County filled with glowing clouds of black smoke in just few minutes. Summit County Fire & EMS...

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Hundreds of wildfire evacuees return to homes
By: - 0 Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Hundreds of residents forced to leave their homes by a southwest Colorado wildfire have been allowed to return.

Megan Graham of the La Plata...

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Three grass fires quickly brought under control
By: Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick - 0 Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Crews quickly brought a grass fire near Falcon which burned about 1/2 acre under control, according to the Falcon Fire...

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MAP: Wildfires burning in Colorado
By: - 0 Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Above is a map of the wildfires actively burning in and near Colorado as of June 14. 

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