A fire tornado video from California shows just how bad the rare firenado can be when it sets down on the Earth, giving a new meaning to the finger of God.
In a related reported by The Inquisitr, the 2014 California heat wave has caused conditions to be ripe for a firenado. Recently in Missouri, another fire tornado started when a farm field was set ablaze, and the photos spread like wildfire.
A fire tornado, also known as the “firenado” or “fire-devil,” is a tornado where intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies tighten into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases, forming a fire tornado. A firenado is usually one to three feet wide and 50 to 100 feet tall. Under right conditions, a fire tornado can be several tens of feet wide and more than 1,000 feet tall. Their internal temperatures can reach up to 2,000 °F, which is hot enough to reignite ashes sucked up from the ground. Firenados usually form when a wildfire or firestorm creates its own wind.
A fire tornado can form in man-made conditions or during a natural forest fire. For example, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 suffered from a fire tornado that threw flaming chunks of wood in all directions. The deadliest fire tornado ever on record occurred during a 1923 earthquake in Japan measuring at a 7.9 magnitude. People had exited the buildings due to spreading flames onto to be caught in a fire tornado that killed thousands in just minutes.
Fortunately, no one has been killed so far in the San Diego wild fires that has effected almost 10,000 acres so far. Homes have lost power and some were even burned to the ground but firefighters have been working hard to reduce the number of blazes.
But what caught everyone’s attention was a fire tornado raining down destruction in the middle of the day. The fire blackened the skies in one San Marcos neighborhood a firenado formed overhead… and the whole thing was caught on video.
[Image via HDWallie.com]