Suspect overheard yelling “Burn the forest down”: Police searching for Incline Fire arson suspect

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COLORADO SPRINGS– Crews are working to put out the ‘Incline Fire,’ a 3-5 acre fire on private land near the Barr Trail in Manitou Springs, which police believe was caused by a man on Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday night, authorities confirmed a suspect is wanted in connection to the fire.

A witness called police after hearing a man yelling, “burn the forest down,” around 4:45 p.m.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that they are searching for a suspect who is described as a white male, early 40’s, wearing white t-shirt with gray hoodie tied around waist, wearing gray pants, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The Manitou Incline and Barr Trail is closed as of Thursday evening. Pre-evacuation orders are in effect for the 500-600 block of Ruxton Ave and Fairview Ave.

As of Thursday evening, the fire is not contained and crews will be working to put it out overnight.

It has not been confirmed that the cause of the fire is arson at this time.

The Rocky Mountain Air Coordination Center (RMACC) sent out a tweet saying they are responding to the fire on Thursday night.

Photo taken by FOX21 viewer Ray Soucie (6:05 p.m.)

The Colorado Springs Fire Department, Manitou Fire, the Forest Service, El Paso County Wildland Fire, The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, AMR, Manitou Police, Colorado Springs Police, and other crews are also responding.

No injuries have been reported.

Stay with FOX21 as we learn more details.

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