Firenado recorded swirling over Texas wildfire

By Ben Hooper  |  July 17, 2017 at 10:44 AM
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July 17 (UPI) -- A firenado was caught on camera swirling flames high up into the sky at the edge of a raging wildfire in Texas.

The firenado -- aka a fire tornado or fire whirl -- was recorded Thursday at the edge of a wildlife in Amarillo, Texas.

Experts said the phenomenon is caused when strong winds pass through large fires. A pair of YouTubers showed how firenados are formed by using a circle of fans to create an artificial fire whirl and filming it in slow motion.

Thursday's wildlife took place in a grassy farmland area with a low population and few structures in danger from the flames. The fire, located near Rick Husband Airport, was brought under control Thursday with no injuries or lost structures reported.

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