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A fire is burning near the Barr Trail, Manitou Springs Fire Department confirms. Smoke is visible from Manitou Springs. 

The Manitou Springs Fire Department has confirmed a small wildfire is burning near the Barr Trail near the incline. 

Firefighters from several agencies raced down Ruxton Avenue as a smoke plume from the wildfire billowed Thursday evening.

Details on the blaze hadn't been released, but witnesses said it appeared to burning near the Manitou Incline and Barr Trail, along the wooded path that heads up Pikes Peak.

The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center has sent air attack to battle the flames on the steep terrain, the agency tweeted.

Manitou Springs City Councilman Steve Bremmer was about a half-mile up the trail along with a half-dozen firefighters.

"Me and another guy here just stomped out a bunch of fire from going up a tree," he said on Facebook. "Everyone is making sure it doesn't go over the ridge."

Bremmer said the fire is believed to stem from a homeless camp near the trail.

The smoke could be seen from Colorado Springs and more sirens heralded the rush of firefighters to the scene. The fire appeared to be no more than an acre in size, but record-setting October heat has turned the woods in the area to tinder and the fire could grow.

Open burning is banned in El Paso County and statewide as the summer fire season extends into fall.

The Gazette is reaching out to fire officials for information.

The fire is not far from where the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire approached Manitou Springs as it erupted over 18,500 acres. That fire was stopped before it got to Manitou Springs, but it did burn into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood north of Garden of the Gods, gutting scores of homes.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department was not responding to the fire, spokesman Mike Smaldino said. 

This is a developing story and will be updated when information becomes available.

Contact the writer at mary.shinn@gazette.com or (719) 429-9264.

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