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Fire burning near Manitou Reservoir contained Sunday afternoon, United States Forest Service responds

Fire Burning on Pikes Peak
Posted at 2:26 PM, Jun 02, 2024

EL PASO COUNTY — The United States Forest Service (USFS) says a fire burning on Pikes Peak was sending up a plume of smoke that can be seen from across Colorado Springs. As of 5:30 p.m., the fire is contained according to the USFS.

UPDATE: USFS reports containment lines are continuing to hold well. Firefighters are patrolling the fire lines and are working on any interior smoke that is present.

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Fire is one acre in size as of last update
  • USFS is reporting containment on the fire
  • Burning near Manitou Reservoir, 4.5 miles northwest of Manitou Springs
  • United States Forest Service responding with a helicopter for support
  • Initial reports say lightning caused the fire
  • Named the Manitou Fire

Viewers sent in images of a plume of smoke from, what is a fire burning in an area near the Manitou Reservoir according to the USFS. About 4.5 miles northwest of Manitou Springs according to the agency.

According to the USFS, the fire is about one acre size as of this update and was caused by a lightning strike based on initial reports. The fire is being called the Manitou Fire at this time.

The USFS says the fire is contained as of 5:30 p.m. The crews on scene include, US Forest Service, Manitou Springs, Colo Springs Utilities, and Job Crop. Including help from a helicopter.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is aware of the situation but as of publishing this article, have not been called to assist with mutual aid.

No pre-evacuation orders have been issued.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

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