Fires Burn One Acre Near Manitou Incline, Barr Trail

Several small wild fires burned in Manitou Springs near Barr Trail and The Incline Monday.

The Manitou Springs Fire Department says the a transformer blew, sparking a small fire. Then, the wind caused power lines to drop across the railroad tracks, starting an additional seven fires. A total of one acre burned in eight small grass fires. All fires are now under control, according to the Manitou Springs Fire Department.

Firefighters had trouble getting water up to the fires due to the steep terrain, so firefighters were limited to what they could carry.

The cog railway that travels up Pikes Peak has been closed for the rest of the day while fire crews put out the flames. One train was held up on the tracks until the area was safe enough to come back down.

"Just a little bit of smoke and burned area," said Mary Loredo, who was among the passangers on board the last train.

All fires are under control, according to the Manitou Springs Fire Department.

There were no structures threatened.

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