Incredible Fire Whirl Swallows Wildfire Crew's Hose in Northern British Columbia
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A video recently emerged on social media showing firefighters dealing with a huge blaze near Vanderhoof in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, including a fire whirl or fire tornado (firenado).
The firefighters were battling the Chutanli Lake wildfire on Aug. 19, currently estimated at 20,813 hectares. It is now 95 per cent contained.
The video, posted on Instagram, was shot by a wildland firefighter, who is part of the Mackenzie Unit Crew.
“Fire tornado destroyed our line,” she writes. “It threw burning logs across our guard for 45 minutes and pulled our hose 100-plus [feet] in the air before melting it. That’s definitely a first.”
In the video, a firefighter can be seen grabbing their hose, which is being pulled high into the air by the fire. A second firefighter rushes in to help, Global News reported.
The firefighters struggle to grab the hose as it flaps around high in the air.
Next, the video shows the fire tornado, which apparently grew to over 200 feet tall.
There is little the firefighters can do but look on at the rotating column of air and flames.
A fire tornado, which can also be called a fire devil, consists of a burning core of flames and a whirling pocket of air.
It can suck in burning debris and gas and typically last a few minutes, although some last longer.
It is unknown how long this one lasted near Vanderhoof.