LA VERNE ( — Firefighters beat back a brush fire that burned 40 acres in La Verne Sunday.

The Rodeo Fire began on a hillside near Briney Point Road and Williams Avenue at around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. It quickly burned from five acres up to 20 acres, reaching 40 acres before firefighters beat it back.

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The Live Oak Canyon reservoir helped firefighters contain the fire, although three firefighters sustained minor injures

Three different air ships made drops — LA City Fire, LA County Fire and the Erickson Air Crane were giving assistance.

Sky2’s Desmond Shaw reported in the evening that fire crews were getting a handle on the blaze. CBS2’s Greg Mills confirmed that the fire was being contained.

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Live Oak Canyon was under a voluntary evacuation. There was no mandatory evacuation.

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It has been a brutal fire season across the United States nationally. Four-and-a-half million acres have burned this year — up 60 percent from this time last July.