The blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m., near a back-country road south of Banning, 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours, it had blackened more than 5,000 acres. David McNew is based in Pasadena, California. He has worked as a photojournalist since the mid-1980's having contrinuted to an impressive list of organizations, including: UPI, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and Getty Images. See more of David's work here.