The Apple Fire had scorched over 32,400 acres and was 35 percent contained by August 8, eight days after first being reported in the Oak Glen area of Cherry Valley, California, officials said.
Close-up footage showing firefighters battling the blaze was captured by Tod Sudmeier — who runs fire photography business 564fire based in Southern California — on August 1.
The footage shows air tankers and fire engines from Anaheim Fire and Rescue. Sudmeier told Storyful the flame retardant being dropped in the footage was part of an effort to help save homes.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department said the blaze was caused by a car malfunction. Credit: 564fire via Storyful