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SEE: Firenado in Northern California swirls dangerously close to emergency responders

A firenado was caught on tape Thursday by firefighters in Shasta County, California, as they were driving through a hellish scene near Redding.

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A swirling dust devil-like vortex of fire can be seen dancing toward the road before it spins out as they pass.

A firenado is just what it sounds like; a tornado of fire.

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The phenomenon is also known as a fire whirl or a fire devil, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.

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Firenadoes are rare, according to NOAA officials, but when they occur they “generally form when superheated air near the surface of a large fire zone rises rapidly in an airmass” where spin is also present.

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