Firefighters in northeastern Los Angeles County are fighting a fast-moving ‘fire tornado.’
The gigantic flame is seen swirling in a twister-like breeze as it sweeps over the hills, open California countryside early Wednesday evening in incredible footage.
More than 200 firefighters were sent to combat the blazing flames, and they are believed to be “making excellent progress.”
Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, the second-alarm Sam Fire started out in Gorman, between Old Ridge Route and Lancaster Road.
The flames had spread to 148 acres by 6.15 p.m., according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Twitter. By 8.15 p.m., officials had the fire 60 percent controlled.
Water drops were used to put out most of the flames, although film showed a lot of smoke billowing about.
Although the fire did not endanger any properties, authorities were forced to restrict a part of Highway 138 due to the blaze.
Firefighters will stay on the area all night to put out any hot spots.
According to the LA County Fire Department’s Air Operations Section, the Sam Fire, which created a fire whirl or “firenado,” was likely caused by “dry, responsive materials and unpredictable winds from significant surface heating.”
The Sam Fire strikes as California fights the 1,000-acre McKinney Fire, the state’s deadliest and biggest wildfire of the year.
The fire started on July 29 in Northern California’s Klamath National Forest.
More than 3,000 firefighters were deployed to the incident, which was 75 percent controlled as of Wednesday.
Cal Fire claimed that the cause of the enormous fire, which prompted hundreds to flee, is still being investigated.
The McKinney Fire killed four people, wounded seven, and destroyed 185 residential and business structures.
Because of the fire, a stretch of Highway 96 remains blocked.
According to the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources, the fire also destroyed tens of thousands of fish over a 20-mile length of the Klamath River.
According to officials, the fish perished because debris flow reduced oxygen levels in the river.