Watch B.C. firefighters battle a fire tornado near Vanderhoof

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2018

In the video posted to Instagram by firefighter Mary Schidlowsky, three crew members can be seen in a tug of war against what she calls a "fire tornado", which is sucking a hose skyward like a kite string.

In the description of the video, she wrote about how the fire destroyed their hose and interrupted relief work.

A fire hose is pulled into the fire whirl during one of the raging fires in the Canadian province of British Columbia. "That's definitely a first". "Debris and particulates are getting sucked and, combined with really hot air in the centre, it makes a visible fire whirl".

Schidlowsky said the column of air extended at least 200ft up, but visibility was marred by heavy smoke. As a group of emergency service personnel from British Columbia set out to battle a blaze near Vanderhoof, strong wind pulled the water hose 100 feet in the air.

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.

Instagram user M.C. Schidlowsky posted the video of the twister to her account on Saturday. There are still more than 397 active fires, said Tower.

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