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