Firefighters capture video of rare fire-nado
Firefighters in British Colombia, Canada, have captured a rare phenomenon on video: a fire tornado. The awe-inspiring footage emerged during the ferocious Downton Lake wildfire, which engulfed the region near Lillooet on August 17.
The combination of intense fires, forceful winds, and atmospheric instability created this extraordinary phenomenon. The video was shared to Xitter earlier this week.
According to the experts at the B.C. Wildfire Service, “strong winds from the southwest” led to an exponential escalation in the scale and intensity of the fire.
Notably, the relative humidity plummeted to an unprecedented 14 per cent in the early hours of the morning, an astonishingly low value for nighttime conditions. This anomaly played a pivotal role in the creation of the fire tornado.
According to the wildfire service, a drastic reduction in the dew point, which plunged to 12.2 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately minus 11 degrees Celsius) coupled with the arrival of a cold front, further exacerbated the combustible conditions.
These towering fire tornados are extremely rare and are characterized by their vertical orientation and fierce rotation of gases and flames. The B.C. Wildfire Service underlined, “These unique conditions and extreme fire behaviour are not experienced on the majority of fires in B.C.”
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Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe