Arizona Couple Captures Video of Firenado Becoming Waterspout
By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter
July 16, 2018
An Arizona couple driving past a brush fire that broke out on the Arizona side of the Colorado river managed to capture some incredible video of a rare phenomenon of a firenado turning into a waterspout.
Chris Mackie and Anne Mackie were driving past the brushfire when they spotted the firenado take shape. The winds pushed the firenado into the river where it began pulling up water and becoming a waterspout instead.
The Mohave Fire, the cause of which is still under investigation, is a relatively small one, burning only 924 acres, and was 80 percent contained as of July 16.
Firenados are whirlwinds induced by fires and made up of flame and ash. The weather phenomenon often begins when winds come into contact with large brushfires, and whip the fire up into the air, creating a shocking spiral of wind, heat and fuel that can suck in debris and spew hot embers around for miles.
Firenados can be dangerous for firefighters as they often make a wildfire's path of destruction much larger than it would otherwise be.