B.C. firenado sucks up and melts hose

Canadian firefighters battle fire tornado for control of their hose

Canadian firefighters battle fire tornado for control of their hose

"It's like a dust devil or a fire whirl-it sucks in the debris and that's what makes it a fire tornado", British Columbia Wildfire information officer Forrest Tower told the CBC.

And beyond just having to fight a "normal" fire, crews in this video contend with what Schidlowsky refers to as a fire "tornado".

Firefighter Mary Schidlowsky shot and posted the video of the August 18 fire tornado which unfolded southwest of Vanderhoof, B.C., near Chutanli Lake, and reached nearly 200 feet (60 metres) in height.

"Fire tornado destroyed our line", Schidlowsky wrote.

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The incident she adds, "is definitely a first". She said that the firenado got over 200ft tall.

Fire officials say the relatively rare phenomenon - which is caused when heat from the fire and ground temperature combine to create uplift - is different from a tornado.

While fire tornados, or whirls, aren't uncommon, it's rare to see one so close. The updrafts of air catch fire and the swirl sucks in ash and debris.

British Columbia has battled hundreds of blazes this summer following an unusually hot and dry stretch of weather, prompting the premier, John Horgan, to declare a state of emergency. At one point, more than 600 fires burned across the province.

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