Firenado! Wild fire tornado in Alaska (VIDEO)

Today’s extreme weather video comes from the Last Frontier.  We’ve repeatedly reported about the unusual heat in our 49th state this summer.  These high temperatures have set the table for an active fire season.

Via Alaska’s Division of Forestry’s Facebook page I caught wind of this insane fire tornado videotaped in Alaska last week:

Here’s the accompanying commentary:

This footage was taken on August 16, 2013, on the Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire burning in the Tok area. The Alaska Division of Forestry firefighter that captured the footage has never seen anything like it in his 20 years of firefighting. It is the kind of fire behavior you hear about but can’t really believe. “A picture probably is worth a thousand words, but there are indeed times when a picture just doesn’t do it justice. I’ve never seen anything like it until now.” – Tim Whitesell.

Never heard of a fire tornado, aka “firenado”, before? Check out our posts on a flaming vortex that swept across the Australian outback last year: Australia fire tornado in real time (VIDEOS)   and What the heck is a fire tornado?

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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