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Dramatic new video shows the moment a massive California “fire tornado” with a base the size of three football fields whirled through the sky — claiming the lives of a fire inspector and five other victims, according to a new report.
The clip, obtained by CBS San Francisco, captures the tornado exploding in the middle of the enormous July 26 wildfire, known as the “Carr Fire,” in Redding.
Cal Fire investigators are still struggling to understand the unusual vortex of the blaze — visible in the video and formed by winds and flames moving in opposite directions.
The article goes on to state the following:
Craig Clements, director at the SJSU Fire Weather Research Lab, had seen fire whirls before, but was stunned by this one in particular, he told the station.
“You can clearly see the winds going like this and the circulations right here,” Clements said. “It’s an incredible sight.”
Peak temperatures inside the vortex rocketed to a scorching 2,700 degrees, according to the report.
The base of the fire tornado was 1,000 feet, and winds ranged from 136 to 165 mph — among the worst in California history.
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