Wild footage caught a giant “fire tornado” shooting into the sky just north of Los Angeles, where firefighters are battling a blaze that has spanned nearly 150 acres.
An airborne news crew for KTLA was almost lost for words as it captured video of the incredible firenado late Wednesday, with flames sucked into a swirling vortex.
“Look at that — wow! Wooow — amazing,” the cameraman said in the clip, seen more than 1.8 million times on Twitter as of Thursday.
“That’s one of the — wow! — that is a tornado,” the airborne cameraman said, adding several more “wow”s before saying, “This is the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”
The clip ended with a firefighting helicopter dumping water on the Sam Fire inferno in Gorman, in the northern part of LA County.
The whirls, often called fire tornadoes or firenadoes, “tell the story of dry, receptive fuels and erratic winds from intense surface heating,” LA fire officials said in a tweet, sharing an image of the phenomenon.
The brush fire, which started just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, quickly spread, with more than 200 firefighters involved in tackling it.
As of early Thursday, it had been 60% contained — but was still “holding at 150 acres,” the fire department said.
However, there had been “no damage to homes or reports of injuries at this time.”
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