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Police: Incline Fire started in homeless camp near Barr Trail

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Colorado Springs Police Department

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Investigators now know the wildfire that burned near the Manitou Incline last week originated from a homeless camp, and police want to speak with a person who may be connected to the blaze.

The Incline Fire started on Oct. 8 and burned about an acre of land before it was 100% contained this past weekend.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the Regional Explosives Unit began investigating and found the homeless camp concealed in the trees "on the side of the mountain near Barr Trail."

However, at this time, it's not clear what exactly caused the fire because of the "large amount of flammable materials that were kept at the camp." Some of the items included propane tanks, e-cigarettes, and materials for campfires.

Police said they want to speak with 49-year-old Scott Tincher because he was last seen in the area of the fire at the time it started. Tincher is described as a white man, approximately 5'9" and 200 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. A mugshot was provided, however we're choosing not to release that picture unless Tincher is identified as a suspect in a crime.

If you have information that can help investigators, call 719-520-6666.

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  1. “A mugshot was provided, however we’re choosing not to release that picture unless Tincher is identified as a suspect in a crime.”
    The picture is in the public domain so there’s no reason not to release it. KKTV has it on their website home page.

  2. How many years have the citizens for Colorado Springs complained about the homeless camps around the city? Even though this occurred in Manitou Springs, it is still part of the whole problem. I think instead of using the Covid money for a park, we should use it for one way bus tickets to Tuscan.

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