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Rare Firenado Forms as Wildfires Burn More Than 100,000 Acres of Land in California

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The combination of an extreme heatwave, wildfires, and fierce winds created a rare firenado in Northern California this weekend.

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BREAKING NEWS: Swipe over to see videos of how this “firenado”, short for fire tornado, was created as 2020 has brought us yet another scary reminder of the power of Mother Nature! The rare and fiery tornado was spotted this weekend near a fire in California and the National Weather Service Office issued a tornado warning that formed by the Loyalton Fire, saying it was "capable of producing a fire-induced tornado and outflow winds in excess of 60 mph," CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Fire tornadoes are created when the rising heat from a fire pulls in smoke, fire and dirt, creating a rotation vortex above the blaze, Brink said. Fire tornadoes can be massive and deadly like in 2018 when one claimed the lives of a firefighter and bulldozer driver battling the Carr Fire. When the National Weather Service surveyed the damage on that firenado, it determined it was equivalent to an EF-3 tornado with winds in excess of 143 mph. Officials in California, Oregon and Colorado are currently battling a series of wildfires that have collectively torched more than 100,000 acres of land so far, and its expected to worsen this week as intense heat is now descending on much of the US. The Loyalton Fire has burned 20,000 acres and was only 5% contained so far — please share this with your followers and let’s all pray for the brave firefighters and for everyone in the area to stay safe and take these fires seriously! Videos by @shongables @noticiastelemundo @dylynw on Twitter #firenado #mothernature #firefighting #loyaltonfire #karmagawa

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The weather phenomenon was spotted this past Saturday near a fire that began at the Tahoe National Forest.

The firenado produced a smoke plume that rose 30,000 feet high with winds as strong as 60 mph. It was even reported to spit out lightning strikes.

A firenado forms when intense wildfires cause the fire to climb with rising air … then crosswinds from different directions twist the fire into a vortex.

The National Weather Service sent out a warning of a possibility for the firenado … concerned about the extremely erratic behavior of the fire.

Firefighters that are working to battle the flames are in danger of sudden and unpredictable fire movements due to strong winds.

There are more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state and collectively, the fires have burned more than 100,000 acres of land so far. 

The fire that started Saturday has burned more than 20,000 acres, alone — and was reported at being only 5% contained.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 95% of California’s wildfires are caused by humans … and at Karmagawa we believe we can do so much better at preventing these from happening.

It’s important for us all to become educated and change our habits so that we can protect our planet and all living things.

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