Chris Tangey had been out in Alice Springs, Australia, scouting locations for a new movie. After finishing the task, he went over to help workers at a cattle station when he was confronted by one of nature’s most intimidating spectacles.
Just 300-metres away was a 30-metre high fire swirl which ‘sounded like a fighter jet’ despite there being no wind in the area. These fire tornadoes are a natural rarity, but when they occur they predictably cause significant damage. A fire tornado, also know as a fire devil, is caused when a column of warm, rising air comes into contact - or causes - a fire on the ground.
They are known to last for around two minutes on the very rare occasions they take place. But Mr. Tangey found himself mesmerized by the tornado for more than 40 minutes. [x]