Steady rounds of water drops knocked down flames on a hillside in San Dimas early Friday when homeowners woke up to an eerie orange glow above their San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods.
The blaze was reported just before 4 a.m. in the area of San Dimas Canyon Road and E. Golden Hills Road. It was estimated to be 132 acres, and 45% contained by the afternoon.
Forward movement of the fire was stopped later Friday morning.
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Three firefighters suffered minor leg injuries.
No structures were threatened, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, but there is a lot of dry brush in the area.
Three water-dropping helicopters helped battle the fire, according to the La Verne Fire Department.
“They’re very efficient,” said resident Matthew Neeley. “They doused a very large section of fire right in front of my eyes. It was beautiful.”
There were no evacuations.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire is burning during one of the worst times of the year for wildfires in California, which has already faced a historic summer of fires. Some of the largest fires on record burned during August.