EL SOBRANTE -- Firefighters battled a 12-acre three-alarm vegetation fire off Olinda Road on Saturday afternoon and contained it in less than an hour, a fire official said.

The fire was reported at 1:53 p.m. and was brought under control by 2:45 p.m., said Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Although three homes were threatened at one point, only an outbuilding was damaged, he said. Fifteen engines, two helicopters and two air tankers responded to halt the blaze, Marshall added.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection was assisted by firefighters from Cal Fire, Richmond, El Cerrito and Solano County. The land burned was between the flatlands and taller hills of El Sobrante, Marshall said. "It's very hilly, with a lot of grass-type fuels, and quite a few trees as well," he said.

Staff writer Theresa Harrington contributed to this report.



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