Fire tornado sucks hose into the air

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A British Columbia firefighter has shared the moment she witnessed a terrifying firenado fight back as her lifesaving squad battled the swirling inferno they tackled on Sunday.

"Fire tornado destroyed our line", she writes.

Next, the video shows the fire tornado, which apparently grew to over 200 feet tall.

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Video captured and posted to social media shows firefighters dealing with a huge blaze near Vanderhoof on August 19, including a fire whirl or fire tornado. One crew member throws a rock at it, in an act of futility.

In the video, firefighters try to control a hose that was ripped into the air by extreme winds as a fire rages nearby. "It threw burning logs across our guard for 45 minutes and pulled our hose 100 plus ft in the air before melting it". "That's definitely a first".

VANCOUVER-A video taken last month and posted to Instagram two days ago illustrates the intense conditions wildfire crews can encounter on the line.

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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.

"It's not unusual on very intense and very large fires to see them, but to see one that up-close is fairly rare", he said.

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