A growing bushfire near Gorman created what appeared to be a “fire tornado” Wednesday night, footage from a television news helicopter showed.
The video from KTLA-TV Channel 5 shows it a swirling whirl of flames and a rising column of smoke. A firefighting helicopter drops a drop of water on the inferno.
Firefighters were dispatched to the Sam Fire near West Lancaster and Old Ridge Route streets at around 4:07 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
At the time, the fire was estimated at 4 acres, the fire department said.
Authorities soon downgraded the incident to a second alert bush fire.
The fire whirlpool, sometimes called a fire tornado, and the close-range sighting were the result of “dry, absorbent fuels and erratic winds from intense surface heating,” according to the fire department’s flight operations department said in a tweet.
A vortex of fire is created when hot air rushes upwards and begins to spin. As it spirals, it can collect ash, smoke, and embers, forming a tight, spinning vortex.
More than 200 personnel were assigned to the fire and crews were making “good progress,” according to a tweet from the fire department at 5:16 p.m.
The fire was kept at 150 acres just after 7 p.m., according to an update from the fire department. No buildings were threatened, the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley Station tweeted.
Further updates were not immediately available from the authorities.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-10/brush-fire-near-gorman-produces-fire-tornado ‘Fire tornado’ caught on video at 150-acre brush fire near Gorman