Fire Tornado Caught On Camera

The Mosquito Fire raged and swirled in the Tahoe National Forest as the sun set on Thursday, as captured by AlertWildfire cameras. On Little Bald Mountain, cameras captured a powerful pyrocumulus cloud churning like a vortex.
Often referred to as firestorms, wildfires can create their own weather. During a fire, heat rises rapidly from the ground, creating a vacuum. The resulting updraft is powerful enough to carry debris, form a firenado, and create its own lightning.

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