If this tornado were measured on the Fujita scale, it'd be an F-Fire.
Jokes aside, a monstrous swirling inferno ravaged the edge of a massive wildfire in Idaho late last week, sending flames and debris over 100ft in the air, according to a report by The Washington Post. The "firenado," or Fire Whirl, was captured on video by Craig Fluer, who was apparently among those fighting the fire, and posted to Instagram:
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"Saw a #firewhirl for the first time last night," Fluer said in a comment on the video. "This sucker was shooting flames 100 ft in the air before it passed right in front of the line, all while dropping hot dirt and ash on our helmets."
In case you were wondering, firenadoes aren't as rare as you'd hope and form when rapidly rising heat from a wildfire combines with strong winds and updrafts, resulting in a blazing column of terror, according to the report. Think dust devil, but freaking on fire. It's unclear how long the firenado lasted, but the wildfire -- or Soda Fire -- continues to burn in Idaho and southeastern Oregon, and has consumed an estimated 280,000 acres.
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