Firefighters in British Columbia, Canada, rodeoed with a weather anomaly Aug. 18, 2018.
The crew was battling a wildfire when the flames swirled into a “firenado.”
Firefighter Mary Schidlowsky captured the moment as the vortex reportedly rose more than 100 feet in the air.
The crew put up a good fight, but Schidlowsky said the firenado ultimately won out and melted their hose.
On Instagram, she wrote, “Fire tornado destroyed our line. 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.”
(Warning: The video contains profanity. Listener discretion is advised.)
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Fire tornado destroyed our line. 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. #firenado #startthepump #wildfire Note: It got over 200ft tall but the smoke was too think to see it clearly on video. Sorry for the profanity.
A "firenado," also known as a fire tornado, occurs when a fire sucks in elements around it and a creates a vortex.
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