Posted: September 20, 2018

British Columbia firefighters battle massive firenado, lose when hose melts

WATCH: Canadian Firefighters Battle Firenado

By Ivy Brown, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Firefighters in British Columbia, Canada, rodeoed with a weather anomaly Aug. 18, 2018.

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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.)

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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Mary Schidlowsky via CNN

Firefighters in British Columbia battle massive firenado, melts hose

Mary Schidlowsky via CNN

Firefighters in British Columbia battle massive firenado, melts hose

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