Firefighters register video of “firenado” in U.K.

Firemen in Derbyshire, England, caught a strange and scary natural phenomenon on video Tuesday. It looks like a tornado that is on fire and Leicestershire fire and rescue Ashby Station referred to it as a “firenado”.

The video of the threatening, swirling flames has gone viral online and the fire and rescue service offered a simple explanation of what caused the flaming cyclone. “It’s created like a cool air in the top of the hot air that causes a vortex similar to how a tornado is formed,” Leicestershire wrote the Fire and Rescue Service Ashby Station on Facebook.

Fyrenado – also known as a fire whirlwind – was discovered when the crew was sent to fight a fire in Albert Village. The video has been shown almost 300,000 times on Facebook.

A similar view was recently reported in California, where over a dozen wilderness continues to erupt. When the deadly Carr Fire exploded last month it jumped over the Sacramento River and entered divisions in the Redding area. “They say it was like a fire tower,” says Chris Corona, who lives in the area where the fire burned. “People started driving on the edges, through lawns, everyone drove.”

The ambient temperature in the area was close to 110 degrees then “so that the air rapidly increases into the atmosphere,” said Lonnie Quinn, Chief Weathercaster for CBS New York.

“You have to think about this because the air is solid, and if you take a bit of that air, it overheats and rises into the air, leaving it empty under it,” Quinn said.

When more and more air is drawn, it begins to rotate. The more air entering, the faster the air becomes and the higher it will be. Firenados also picks up burning embers, ashes and flammable debris, and can stretch hundreds or thousands of feet in the air.

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