Colorado firefighter captures footage of wildfire-fueled firenado

By Ben Hooper
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A firefighter battling a Colorado wildfire captured footage of a wind-fueled firenado spinning a column of flames into the sky.

The firenado, also known as a fire tornado or fire whirl, was photographed Sunday by Charles "Trey" Bolt of the Beaver Creek Fire Department Engine 1419.


The department posted the photo to Facebook and later followed up with Bolt's video of the spinning column of flames.

"One of our firefighters captured this fire whirl yesterday on the ‪#‎BeaverCreekFire‬. Wow!" the post said.

The Beaver Creek Fire has burned through nearly 57 square miles since it began June 19. The fire is 44 percent contained, firefighters said.

The unusual phenomenon was caught on video just days after firefighters in Oregon captured footage of a similar firenado swirling on the border of the town of Cornelius.

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