By The Daily Caller. A wildfire that led to the evacuation of nearly 40,000 people in Northern California is creating massive fire tornadoes as emergency crews struggle to contain the flames.
Skip Murphy of Redding, California, posted a video on social media of a heat vortex, or a fire whirl that occurs when intense rising heat and blustery wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air.
— Craig Padilla (@CraigPadilla) July 27, 2018
“No audio, but it sounds like a freight train, punctuated with explosions. Never seen anything like it,” Murphy wrote Friday on a Facebook post that also included a video of the fiery twister. . .
The fire has already destroyed nearly 500 structures, damaged 75 others and could demolish 5,000 homes and buildings, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Kenney told CNN Saturday. . .
More than 800 soldiers and airmen are on the ground or en route to help, according to the California National Guard. The Carr Fire — which started Friday, rumbled through Redding, and has already killed two people — doubled in size Saturday to 80,906 acres, almost the size of Philadelphia. (Read more from “Video: California Wildfires Are so Big They Are Creating Massive Fire Tornadoes” HERE)
Parry Sound 33 Grows Again, Affected Residents Remain on Standby
By CBC. There were no new fires reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on Sunday, but crews continue to battle 39 active forest fires across northeastern Ontario.
Twelve of those fires are not yet under control, including Parry Sound 33, which has caused the evacuation of Key Harbour and Henvey Inlet First Nation.
Ontario’s forest fire information map showed Sunday morning the fire had grown to about 8,224 hectares in size.
Winds blowing from the southwest kept crews busy along the portion closest to Highway 69. The ministry said the fire was still about seven kilometres from the highway early Sunday morning.
Welcome to Parry Sound 33 base camp, Britt, On.
Helicopters refuel in a field, plenty of ministry trailers set-up in a back lot and tents in the woods.
— Chris Ensing (@ChrisEnsingCBC) July 29, 2018
(Read more from “Parry Sound 33 Grows Again, Affected Residents Remain on Standby” HERE)