The rare and shocking phenomenon reached 60 meters in height and was recorded by Canadian firefighters.
Canadian firefighter Mary Schidlowsky has posted on her Instagram account a video showing how her team of firefightersstruggled to regain control of a fire hose devoured by a ‘fire tornado’. The tornado reached about 60 meters high and was generated by the heat of the fire and strong winds.
Three firefighters are struggling to control the hose while being sucked into the flames, and simultaneously a spinning vortex of fire appears several meters away.
Firewoman Mary Schidlowsky recorded and published the video of the August 18 tornado, and was almost 60 meters high.
The unusual phenomenon was recorded on August 18 during a fire, which formed southwest of the municipality of Vanderhoof, B.C., near Lake Chutanli, in British Columbia, Canada, but the video has been published just these days. Schidlowsky pointed out that the burning tornado threw firewoods for 45 minutes and finally the hose was destroyed in the air about 30 meters high.
The British Columbia Forest Fire Information Officer, Forrest Tower, said the tornado was caused by the heat rising from the wildfire in combination with extremely strong winds.
The dangerous phenomenon has endangered the lives of firefighters rushing to the scene, with the fiery vortex that has sucked the hydrant tube used to try to shut it down. And the situation in British Columbia now worries Canada: “it is one of the worst fire seasons ever,” emphasizes the ABC 13 portal. And the United States have also had to accounts with similar phenomena: at the end of last July, an impressive firenado hit Shasta County, in Northern California, to uproot trees and overturn cars on the roads. Large damage to homes, with about 38 thousand residents of the area forced to leave their homes.