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‘Firenado’ forms in Idaho wildfire

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Aug 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-20 11:17:00-04

BOISE — A large fire whirls kicked up along the front lines of the Soda Fire in Boise, ID on Saturday.

A “fire whirl” – or “firenado” – forms when heat from a wildfire causes an updraft that spins up like a tornado.

Firefighter/photographer Craig Fluer said the firenado shot flames 100 feet into the air, causing hot dirt and ash to rain down.

The Soda Fire has charred more than 283,000 acres.