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Someone had to be rescued from the Manitou Incline in the middle of the blizzard

A total of 18 Colorado Springs firefighters had to help rescue someone from the Manitou Springs Incline Wednesday afternoon.
Credit: Sam Kraemer, KOAA

KUSA – The Colorado Springs Fire Department had to issue a reminder that Wednesday's blizzard may not be the best time to hike the Manitou Springs Incline, since apparently that was something that needed to be said. 

This comes after a stranded hiker had to be rescued from the notoriously steep trail -- something that required at least 18 firefighters. 

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Did this person have the typically-busy Incline to themselves? Mostly, according to KOAA-TV Reporter Sam Kraemer, who said some other people were also on the Incline and claimed conditions weren't that bad -- especially in microspikes. 

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Here's what the professionals had to say ... 

“Not a good day to be on the Incline or any other trail,” a tweet from the Colorado Springs Fire Department read.

According to the Manitou Incline's website, temperatures were 27.8 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, with a wind chill of 17.3 degrees. 

For what it’s worth, 500 drivers in El Paso County were stranded due to the storm, which created 80 mph wind gusts in spots and virtually no visibility due to blowing snow.

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In fact, the storm was so serious Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) has called in the National Guard to help.

What we’re trying to say is this: Wednesday night might be a night for the treadmill. Don’t put your emergency responders at risk.

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