Freakish ‘firenado’ rises out of wildfire in Summit County, Utah [pics]


What the heck is that thing, exactly?

From Mother Nature Network:

A fire whirl, also known as a fire tornado or fire devil, is a rare phenomenon in which fire forms a tornado-like vortex of flames. Fire whirls can be formed in one of two ways: when a tornado spins too closely to a forest fire or when a heavy concentration of heat is generated in a small area. Typically, they’re spawned from wildfires. Like tornadoes, fire whirls vary in size and duration; however, they typically last no more than a few minutes.

Whoa. What’s next?

All joking aside, we hope everyone in Summit County is safe.

  • JeffWRidge

    Counting down to the AGW cultists to declare that this is definitive proof of man-made global warming/climate change, etc and so forth… 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

    • TocksNedlog

      Forward the pics to Bette Midler and you can start your countdown at “1”.

  • Maxx

    A hot spinning hyperbolic whirlwind of dust and increasing temperature?

    Wait for it……

    “It’s Global Warminado!”

    • GaryTheBrave

      A hot spinning whirlwind. . .

      I thought you were speaking of Democrat talking points.

  • Garth Haycock

    That’s just on the other side of the mountain from me. I have a number of friends who live in that area; hope they’re okay. #WildFiresSuck

    • no_more_deceit

      Just went through 3 here {N of Palm Springs} in last 45 days or so, be safe.

  • TocksNedlog

    Several racist rodeo clowns are being held for questioning.

  • Photios

    It is because of global warming and it is all George W. Bush’s fault.

  • CO2 Producer

    “Screw you, Australia, I don’t need your stupid footage now. Excelsior!”
    –Albert G.

  • TJ

    Global warming made fire, Global Warming made wind and Global Warming made tornado #ScienceSaysSo Only a #Carbontax will stop firenado from happening everywhere.

  • ToyZebra

    Now we know what the next Asylum movie will be.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    These things are incredibly deadly.

  • Apostic

    Last time I’d heard of one of these, refuges had been following it out of Egypt.

    • GaryTheBrave

      A nice Exodus reference. *fistbump* to you.

  • SineWaveII

    Oh carp I can hear the SyFy Execs taking notes already.