‘Fire Whirl’ Caught on Video at Beaver Creek Wildfire in Colorado
As tragic and deadly as wildfires are, they do create some natural beauties. A firefighter at the Beaver Creek wildfire in northwestern Colorado caught this "fire whirl" on video.
Firefighter, Charles "Trey" Bolt of Mississippi, is battling the Beaver Creek wildfire near Walden, Colo. where he captured this video of a "firenado" or fire whirl" Monday (Aug. 15). Bolt posted a photo from the video that took the internet by storm.
Wikipedia gave us a little insight on how a fire whirl is formed:
A fire whirl consists of a core – the part that is actually on fire – and an invisible rotating pocket of air. A fire whirl can reach up to 2,000 °F (1,090 °C) – hot enough to potentially reignite ashes sucked up from the ground. Often, fire whirls are created when a wildfire or firestorm creates its own wind, which can turn into a spinning vortex of flame.
The Beaver Creek fire has been burning since June 19, consuming 36,435 acres and is currently 44% contained.