Residents had little warning as a deadly blaze exploded overnight in Northern California -- leaping across the Sacramento River and hitting subdivisions in the city of Redding, south of the Oregon border. "They say it was like a ' fire tornado ,'" said Chris Corona, who lives in the area where the fire was burning.What is a firenado in Northern California?
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Once considered an natural oddity, columns of towering flames known as a ‘firenado’ packing 100 mph-plus winds have become an increasingly common threat over the last four years as the wildfires that have ripped through Northern California have gained in intensity.What was the Carr firenado?
Atmospheric scientist Neil Lareau, an assistant professor in the Physics Department at the University of Nevada, studied the Carr firenado. The phenomena spun to life on July 26, 2018 between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and was packing winds of an estimated 143 mph — the power of an EF3 tornado.