A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.
Fire burns near a 'Stop' sign near Uncle Tom's Cabin in El Dorado County on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The King fire has burned over 70,000 acres. The wind-whipped fire burned through 114 square miles and was 10 percent contained, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Malati Hartley hugs her friend Peggy Baltar while her daughter Himalaya VonLahr, 5, picks out clothes Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at the Salvation Army center in downtown Weed, Calif. Baltar lost her home in the Boles fire while Hartley's home survived but she is unable to get to it.
Jose Tapia and his wife, Chela Tapia look for his wedding ring and items that belonged to her mother Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the ashes of their home in the Angel Valley neighborhood in Weed, Calif. The home was destroyed in the Boles Fire.
Wayne Allen Huntsman sits in El Dorado Superior Court for charges related to the King fire in Placerville, Calif., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Huntsman pleaded not guilty to an arson charge. He was being held on $10 million bail after authorities said he started the blaze.