Although it was hardly the catastrophic event as the fire tornado that occurred in the City of Redding earlier this summer, it was still quite harrowing.
British Columbia firefighter M.C. Schidlowsky posted a scary video to her Instagram page showing a firenado sucking up her teams firehose and melting it.
Michael Gollner with the University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering, said:
It's a classic fire whirl. It's very common for smaller whirls to occur in fires. They're more akin to dust devils. There was clearly a lot of momentum to have that much suction and pull. There was quite a bit of weight it was pulling up.
I've never seen a hose sucked up into a fire whirl before.
"That's definitely a first." This "firenado" in British Columbia was so strong it sucked up the firefighters' hose… https://t.co/fhfbps3Oeq— ABC News (@ABC News)1537275643.0
Folks on Twitter empathized with the firefighters frustration. .
@ABC i like how he throws a rock at it.— The King of America (@The King of America)1537275743.0
@ABC @MNewquistKSTP Good for him for throwing a rock at the firenado, it deserved it.— Joe May (@Joe May)1537276940.0
@ABC Reminds me of this https://t.co/ce40BmIUOf— nat_souljah (@nat_souljah)1537275877.0
@ABC “Hey, why’d you throw a rock at it?” “Why not?” “Come on, I’ll buy the first round...” “Wait...” “For?” “I gotta get my lucky rock!”— Big Win (@Big Win)1537277607.0
Can't say we really blame the guy. We might throw a rock too is a fire monster stole our hose.
@ABC They’re so calm considering they’re in Hell. You go rock throwing dude!— One if by Land (@One if by Land)1537276133.0
@ABC Poor guy ends up throwing rock at it!— Jizopeat (@Jizopeat)1537276113.0
@ABC Surprised the rock at the end didn’t hurt the ‘firenado’ and PS.. that’s why firefighters are hero, they’re ru… https://t.co/2fm4ip78ct— Rem Most (@Rem Most)1537276070.0
Now why didn't the firefighters think of this?
@ABC Should have thrown a water balloon— Reyes™ (@Reyes™)1537276541.0
Just a short while ago this is what we were all asking.
@jonnypeace What the fuck is a Fire Tornado?— BigBrownOso (@BigBrownOso)1537231819.0
Now it seems to be the norm.
@jonnypeace You said it Jonathan. Zeitgeist is pretty screwy these days. Everything that's up is down and left is r… https://t.co/mNfb0qGpF1— Barbara Grudzien (@Barbara Grudzien)1537228634.0
Just a sign of the time we suppose.