Alaska Wildfire Tornado

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    Firenado!
    August 16, 2013. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Alaska Division of Forestry Aerial Supervision Module (consisting of Tim Whitesell and Doug Burts) reported the fire vortex to be about 3/4 of a mile wide; it lasted for about an hour. The extreme fire behavior uprooted trees, a scene that was captured by this footage- look for trees being blown around in the smoke column at the end of the clip.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PumpZxMISWs&feature=youtu.be
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    Incredible. Would love to know how fast the winds were.
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    some amazing footage. I worked on the Okefenokee wild fires a few years ago - when wildfires really get to cooking they are oxygen starved and suck in more and more to feed itself and can create some significant winds. They can become their own weather systems. With the wind rushing in, the explosions of superheated trees and the roaring of the fire itself - it is like a living breathing monster chewing up the forest. In that fire I heard the radio transmission of a dozer operator asking for prayers as his location was burned over. He had just enough time to create a clearing with his dozer and got under it and came through it OK.

    The fire near Yosemite is a big bad one and is threatening my son's business in Groveland.
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    Unreal..nature is a force to be reckoned with!
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