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Watch firefighters confront a fire tornado in the BC Interior

M.C. Schidlowsky posted a video of B.C. firefighters contending with a fire tornado near Vanderhoof.					Instagram M.C. Schidlowsky posted a video of B.C. firefighters contending with a fire tornado near Vanderhoof. Instagram
Deanna Wagner | 21 September, 2018, 03:15

British Columbia has battled hundreds of blazes this summer following an unusually hot and dry stretch of weather, prompting the premier, John Horgan, to declare a state of emergency.

Mary Schidlowsky, a wildland firefighter and paramedic, posted a video of this fire tornado on Instagram.

The firefighters were battling the Chutanli Lake wildfire, now estimated at 20,813 hectares.

"Fire tornado destroyed our line", she writes.

The incident she adds, "is definitely a first".

Fire whirls are rare and Skrepnek said in his eight years with the Wildfire Service he has only witnessed one.

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VANCOUVER-A video taken last month and posted to Instagram two days ago illustrates the intense conditions wildfire crews can encounter on the line. A second firefighter rushes in to help.

Clearly, in the footage, you can see fighters attempting to reel the hose back in, to no avail, due to the strength of the high winds.

On Sunday, Canadian firefighter and paramedic M.C. Schidlowsky posted video to her Instagram account showing a fire tornado near Vanderhoof, B.C., sucking a crew's fire hose almost 200 feet into the air, despite the crew's best efforts to wrestle it back in a tug of war with the twister.

A fire tornado, which can also be called a fire devil, consists of a burning core of flames and a whirling pocket of air.

It is unknown how long this one lasted near Vanderhoof.