Filmmaker Chris Tangey captured a rare phenomenon on video last week: a vortex of flames rising up from a wildfire. Also called "fire whirls" or "fire devils," the tornadoes form when an updraft of air interacts with a fire to create a spinning column. Tangey's footage, via his YouTube channel, is protected with a watermark, but you can see the video sans text in the 7 News video below.
In the broadcast segment, the filmmaker describes the scene:
It was a dance of giants in front of me. I've never seen anything like it. It was awe-inspiring ... We saw a red tornado, a black one, a white one, and then several made of pure fire. It was 50 meters at its base of fire, spinning, with fire, and it was actually picking up mulga trees.