WATCH: Idaho Wildfire Belches out Frightening ‘Firenado’
A ‘firenado’ also known as a fire whirl, fire devil, fire tornado or fire twister is a whirlwind induced by a fire and often made up of flame or ash. They usually occur when intense rising heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air.
As of August 18th, joint effort firefighters have worked diligently to bring the Soda Fire to 90% containment. As the demobilization process begins, most resources will be reassigned to the many fires blazing in the west. The remaining crews and engines assigned to the Soda Fire will continue to patrol and assist in the rehabilitation of containment lines.
As the Soda Fire nears 100% containment, a federal Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is being convened to begin field work as early as Wednesday. The BAER Team of natural resource specialists will assess damage and design emergency stabilization and rehabilitation treatments for BLM lands. This assessment focuses on mitigating threats to life, property, and resources within the burned area over the next 3 years.
Soda Fire Stats
Location: 8 miles northeast of Jordan Valley, OR
Start Date: August 10, 2015
Size: 283,686 acres
Percent Contained: 90%
Total Personnel: 702
Cause: Undetermined (Possibly lightning related)
Resources Include: 5 helicopters, 26 engines, 13 crews, 9 water tenders, and 8 dozers
Watch Soda Fire ‘Firenado’
(Video: Craig Fluer/Instagram)