Firefighting aircraft dropped retardant over a wildfire burning near a school in Banning, California, on Wednesday, August 25, as officials ordered evacuations and a firefighter was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The first evacuation orders were issued to Banning High School and the KOA Campground, and more were issued a short time later to local residents.
Less than two hours later, however, fire crews had asserted a level of control over the 200-acre fire that allowed residents to return to their homes. By Thursday morning, the fire was down to 160 acres and was 60 percent contained, the Riverside County Fire Department said. Credit: John Hubbs via Storyful