VANDERHOOF, Canada (KXAN) — An unreal scene unfolded in British Columbia last month as three firefighters entered a high-stakes game of tug-of-war with a “firenado” — a whirlwind made up of smoke and fire.
The wildfire-fighting crew is seen trying to pull down the hose as it seems to vanish behind a swirling wall of smoke.
Firefighter Mary Schidlowsky shot and posted the video of the whirlwind on Instagram. CBC News reports the otherworldly incident happened on Aug. 18 near Chutanli Lake, southwest of Vanderhoof, Canada.
The whirlwind of smoke and fire was almost 200-feet tall.
British Columbia wildfire information officer Forrest Tower said the “firenado” was caused by the heat rising off the wildfire in combination with extremely high winds.
In the end, the hose was melted by the flames, but not before the “firenado” spit out burning logs at the firefighters. “That’s definitely a first,” Schidlowsky said.