FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A blaze in California was so intense over the weekend that it created its own weather.
A rare fire tornado formed by the Loyalton Fire Saturday.
Tornado warning issued on the #LoyaltonFire near Roberts Canyon. Heed all orders by emergency managers and responding personnel. Stay away from the fire area!
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) August 15, 2020
A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service office in Reno, Nevada for a pyrocumulonimbus cloud that formed the fire-induced tornado.
A pyrocumulonimbus cloud forms above intense rising heat either from a large fire or a volcano.
In this case, the fire tornado was caused by rising heat and the fire pulled in smoke, dirt and fire which created a rotating column or vortex.
Tornado warning within a wildfire. We see fire whirls often (created by intense heat of fire +surrounding cooler air) but to have pyrocumulus aided by a trough/pacific moisture to make a true tornado warned storm! Lassen County, CA@DylynW via @storyfulvideo #loyaltonfire pic.twitter.com/dtCTRY774D
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) August 17, 2020
Fire tornadoes are dangerous and they don’t happen frequently.
Officials in Colorado, Oregon and California are battling multiple wildfires that have burned more than 100,000 acres.
Unfortunately, officials say things could get worse due to the intense heat and growing drought conditions across the west and southwest US.
August 11: Much of the West was dry this week; severe and extreme drought expanded in Oregon, southern Utah, and western Colorado; extreme drought expanded over southeast Nevada. https://t.co/hs7rCpQMsY #DroughtMonitor #COdrought #UTdrought #NVdrought #COwx #UTwx #NVwx pic.twitter.com/uj389utfe9
— NOAA NCEI Climate (@NOAANCEIclimate) August 13, 2020
The Loyalton Fire is burning on the Tahoe National Forest which began on August 12.
As of Monday afternoon, the Loyalton Fire has burned over 36 thousand acres and it is 5% contained.
— Wildfire Today �� (@wildfiretoday) August 17, 2020