Terrifying Footage Captures 'Devil' Fire Tornado Raging Through California
This is devastating footage of the Carr fire which has been ripping through California for over a week now and has led to the evacuation of 37,000 residents in California.
According to the Express, thousands of firefighters have been trying to contain the huge blaze but it's continuing to rage, threatening to destroy thousands of buildings and structures.
In the shocking video, the wind whips up the fire appearing to create a tornado effect.
CALFIRE chief, Ken Pimlott, said crews were 'seeing fire whirls - literally what can be described as a tornado'.
He added: "This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity, uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways."
A total of eight people have been killed in the flames so far, two of which were local firefighters helping control the monster fire.
The official cause of the Carr fire is listed as 'mechanical failure of a vehicle' in the incident report from CAL FIRE.
But according to the Guardian, scientists have directly connected the blaze to climate change.
The fire has been dubbed the Carr fire, from the location it began - at Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in Whiskeytown.
#CarrFire [update] A live evacuation and repopulation map has been developed for residents in the communities affected by evacuation orders. Visit: https://t.co/fJ9NO3Uv9j pic.twitter.com/jo3RW5ivTO
- CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 1, 2018
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Tweeting on July 27, Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, said: "Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the 2 firefighters we lost fighting the #CarrFire & with the many Californians who have lost their homes. We are with you.
"The @Cal_OES State Operations Center is activated to its highest level. Please follow all evacuation orders."
The Carr fire is the most formidable of 17 currently raging in California, and 94 across the United States from Texas to Alaska.
California's rolling steep terrain has made the blaze difficult to control.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now updated its travel advice for British citizens currently visiting the American state.
The FCO website says: "The Ferguson wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park in the state of California has prompted the temporary closure of Yosemite Valley
"The National Park Service is asking visitors to leave. Wildfires can spread swiftly, so if you are in the area you should remain vigilant, monitor local media reports, and follow the instructions issued by local authorities, including obeying any evacuation orders.
"If you have been affected by the wildfire and need consular assistance, you can call the British Consulate in San Francisco on +1 415 617 1300; if you're in the UK and worried about a British national visiting the Yosemite region, you can call the FCO on 020 7008 1500."
The fire has grown to a total of 115,538 acres (180 square miles). A total of 2,546 structures remain under threat of the blaze, and 1,018 residential structures have been destroyed.
Featured Image Credit: Fox 10 Phoenix
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