The blaze, which was fanned by strong winds, threatened several structures before firefighters got it fully contained about 8 a.m., said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Dee Dechert. It burned across about six acres of dry brush and trees.
It started about 4 a.m. in the Angeles National Forest, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles. The area is not far from the Big Pines ranger station and the Mountain High ski resort.
The fire's cause was under investigation.
The blaze was the latest in a series of Southern California wildfires in recent months and the second this week.
On Monday night firefighters in Riverside County contained a 300-acre blaze that burned through dry brush and trees on the hills above Lake Elsinore.
Last month, five firefighters were killed in an arson-sparked blaze near Palm Springs that also destroyed 34 homes.