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

Incredible.

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.

blog comments powered by Disqus