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.

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.

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

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.

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