If you had plans to hike the Manitou Incline this weekend, you'll likely need to find something else to do.
Due to a wildfire that was sparked approximately .5 miles up the Barr Trail, the Manitou Incline has been closed "until further notice" according to Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services. Along with the Manitou Incline, the new Northern Incline Return Trail is also closed, as is Barr Trail. Other trails in the area are also subject to closure.
The most recent update on the fire stated that it remains at three to five acres with no containment. Thirty-five firefighters were reportedly on scene with the latest development involving a 1,200-foot hose being installed to pull water from a nearby creek to the impacted area. Less smoke is reportedly visible today, which could be a good sign.
THANK YOU to the firefighters working hard to extinguish the #InclineFire. 3-5 acres near Barr Trail is affected with 0% containment. Damage to the Incline has not been reported. The public is asked to stay away from the area, and all nearby hiking trails remain closed. pic.twitter.com/m1KyETXF4f— CO Springs Parks (@COSpringsParks) October 9, 2020
The fire is being investigated as arson, with reports stating that someone was yelling "burn the forest down" shortly before the blaze started.
Check with the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services twitter page for additional updates. All closures and openings are subject to change.