SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. (KXAN) — New aerial video was released Thursday of the devastating Carr Fire in California, showing a rampaging “firenado.”
The video was taken July 26, three days after the fire sparked from a vehicle driving on a flat tire, according to officials. Eight people, including a firefighter, died in the fire, and nearly 1,100 homes were destroyed.
The Carr Fire is the largest in California history, and the fiery tornado it produced is also remarkable, KXAN Meteorologist David Yeomans said.
“Now most ‘ firenados’ as we call them, little tornadoes generated by fire, they’re small, they’re weak, they’re five feet across or something, but this one was insane,” Yeomans said.
It was rated as an EF-3, the strongest tornado in California history, with winds up to 150 miles per hour and 1,000 feet wide at the base.
The fire has scorched 214,527 acres was 69 percent contained as of Thursday.