It took less than an hour Saturday for firefighters to stop the spread of a four-acre brush fire in the bed of the San Gabriel River in the El Monte area.

The fire was reported as one-eighth of an acre at about 2:45 p.m. at East Valley Boulevard and the San Gabriel River, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. Fuels were light to medium and the spread was described as moderate. No structures were threatened.

Officials reported at 3:15 p.m. that the fire’s forward progress was stopped. Paramedics and an ambulance were summoned to the scene to check one possible burn patient.

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