Fire Tornado

A tornado is terrifying. A forest fire is terrifying. What happens when you combine the two? Technically, it’s not a tornado (an event that is powered by storm clouds) but a vortex (powered by the fire’s updraft). It’s still terrifying if you’re a firefighter and it’s your job to put it out!

This one is in a forest fire in southern California in May 2007:

And this is the same principle in a laboratory:

This is a daylight shot of another fire vortex or fire tornado in action.

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