‘Firenado’ forms in Idaho wildfire

Posted at 9:17 AM, Aug 20, 2015

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.