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Bizarre weather events from the last year

Stacker Logo By Jennifer Billock of Stacker | Slide 2 of 11: Fire tornadoes are extremely rare; only one other has been scientifically recorded in history. It happens when increasing heat from a fire combines with turbulent air, causing a huge rotating inferno—and during the Carr Fire, it reached EF-3 tornado strength. The fire tornado left a damage path of about 3,300 feet.

July 2018: California's Carr Fire creates tornado

Fire tornadoes are extremely rare; only one other has been scientifically recorded in history. It happens when increasing heat from a fire combines with turbulent air, causing a huge rotating inferno—and during the Carr Fire, it reached EF-3 tornado strength. The fire tornado left a damage path of about 3,300 feet.

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