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Update: Wildfire in Hills Above Fairfax Fully Contained

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on the wildfire, a fire battalion chief said.

Update 8:30 pm

Firefighters fully contained a remote wildfire this evening that burned about an acre of a hilly area above Fairfax in Marin County, a fire battalion chief said.

Marin County fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini said fire crews first responded to a report of a fire in the trees along the Bolinas-Fairfax ridgeline between Kent and Alpine lakes just after 9 p.m. on Friday.

Fire crews worked throughout the night fighting the "Bolinas Fire" in a rugged watershed area near Fairfax-Bolinas Road, Giannini said.

Cool temperatures Friday night and light winds today helped firefighters tame the blaze in the tough, dry terrain, Giannini said. The chief said that the conditions firefighters encountered were similar to what they would expect to see during the summer months.

Giannini also said the area's dense vegetation made it "difficult to access and subsequently extinguish all of the hot spots."

At one time during the firefighting efforts, 75 firefighters from agencies around Marin County and Calfire were at the scene, according to the chief.

The California Highway Patrol, Marin County Sheriff's Office and the Marin Municipal Water District assisted the fire crews. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Giannini said.

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Firefighters this morning have gained the upper hand on a wildfire that has burned about an acre of a remote, hilly area above Fairfax in Marin County, a fire battalion chief said.

Marin County fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini said the "Bolinas Fire" is now 50 percent contained after fire crews worked throughout the night in a rugged watershed area near Fairfax-Bolinas Road.
 
Crews first responded to a report of a fire in the trees along the Bolinas-Fairfax ridgeline between Kent and Alpine lakes just after 9 p.m. Friday, according to the chief.
 
Cool temperatures overnight helped firefighters tame the fire in the tough terrain, Giannini said.
 
The chief said the area's dense vegetation "makes it difficult to access and subsequently extinguish all of the hot spots."
 
No injuries have been reported and there are no buildings in the area, authorities said.
 
Crews from Marin County, Ross Valley, Bolinas Volunteer fire departments, and Cal Fire are battling the blaze. The California Highway Patrol and Marin County Sheriff's Office are providing traffic and air support for the fire crews. 

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