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Cleanup efforts underway, wildfire near Highway 111 and Tramway Road contained

Several agencies were working to contain a 100-acre wildfire burning in Palm Springs early Friday morning at the base of the mountains near Tramway Road and Highway 111. 

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after midnight of the flames burning near the Palm Springs Visitors Center. 

According to Palm Springs Fire Department's Battalion Chief Matthew McLean and Tram personnel, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was set to be closed until the late morning hours for cleanup efforts delaying the tram's opening until noon, Friday.

Photo courtesy: Hayden Kinsey

No evacuations had been ordered as of early Friday morning, but winds had been a concern as firefighters worked to put out the fire and slow its spread.

A stretch of Highway 111 was closed to traffic near the fire scene.

It was a quick response, with several surrounding agencies including Cathedral City, Riverside County Cal Fire, Morongo, Idyllwild, Corona, and Soboba Fire assisting.

This is a breaking news update. Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for continuing coverage on air and online. 

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