— Alan (@alanneves777) August 13, 2013
— Randall Jeppesen (@RJENEWS) August 13, 2013
What the heck is that thing, exactly?
— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) August 14, 2013
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.