While pictures and videos of the raging wildfires in California continue to go viral, fatalities have emerged.
A pilot tasked with fighting the fire has died in a tragic crash...
2020 really feels like a real life horror movie...And the weekend's events seem to have just topped the whole thing off.
On Saturday, August 15, there was a strange act of mother nature in California.
@BradEYoung Holy cats. This year just never stops.— 💖Kay Watson (@💖Kay Watson)1597545020.0
Alarming pictures quickly began surfacing on social media.
@BradEYoung There is nothing that would really surprise me this year. Maybe a few things but to be honest I’m reall… https://t.co/SJvvjetibq— Robert Britz 🐈👻🎶📽👽❤️🦉 (@Robert Britz 🐈👻🎶📽👽❤️🦉)1597554901.0
The fires are believed to have ravaged approximately 124,000 acres.
via: GettyHundreds of firefighters have been assigned to fight the fire as it threatens thousands of homes and livestock.
It's the first time in history a warning has been issued like this.And residents in nearby areas have been left petrified.
The occurrence happened in Lassen County, California, twenty-five miles north of Reno.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it believed to have derived from a 20,000-acre wildfire in Northern California, that started on Aug. 14.
This is not your typical tornado, though...
via: Getty ImagesMeteorologist Dawn Johnson told The New York Times. "‘It’s not like a typical tornado where it happens, everything clears out, and you safely go and investigate."
via: Getty Images"In this case, there’s a massive wildfire burning in the same location, so the logistics are a lot more complicated."
So, what exactly does a fire tornado consist of?
via: Getty ImagesWell, there are multiple components that must come together for fire tornadoes to form.
There must be a combination of unstable wind patterns, uneven terrain, and the intense heat from a fire.
via: Getty ImagesOn top of this, elements like gas being released from burning vegetation serve as fuel for the tornadoes as well.
On Saturday afternoon, the Weather Service issued a warning about a possible “fire-induced tornado" from the Loyalton Wildfire in parts of Lassen County.
For the first time in history, a tornado warning has been issued for a likely *fire tornado*. These are not "firew… https://t.co/gTTxHSR7JJ— Matthew Cappucci (@Matthew Cappucci)1597529634.0
As of Sunday...
via: Getty ImagesThe wildfire believed to be the root cause was said to be 5 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Following the warning...
@JosephBlanco1 What the fuck is it with this year?— Paul Hill (@Paul Hill)1597603447.0
Of course, it wasn't long before pictures and videos started emerging on social media.
@JosephBlanco1 It’s like we’re stuck at the beginning of a Dwayne Johnson movie and he hasn’t shown up yet to save us all.— Chip Shoulder (@Chip Shoulder)1597620778.0
“2020 can’t get any worse” August: fire tornado https://t.co/YCKEY6BYxX— Joseph Blanco (@Joseph Blanco)1597561554.0
#firetornado in California unbelievable 2020 is crazy https://t.co/jgK16gonUq— The Walker (@The Walker)1597545959.0
Huge thank you to all the firefighters, Hot Shots and Forest Service men and women that saved our property and busi… https://t.co/kt0fMOKssV— Danielle Peel (@Danielle Peel)1597600214.0
WHEN I SAID I WISHED I LIVED IN THE HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE THIS ISNT WHAT I MEANT #FireTornado https://t.co/0MCVeZhbJO— bruh (@bruh)1597601124.0
Who had #FireTornado on their list of things left that could happen in 2020?!? Well, CA officially had the first Fi… https://t.co/HLilG2z5SB— Brad Everett Young (@Brad Everett Young)1597543132.0
😱OMG Who Pissed 😡 Off #MotherNature #FireTornado 🔥🌪🙏🏽 https://t.co/MYX00e1dT7— MimiKelley (@MimiKelley)1597560915.0
Your telling me this is the 1st fire tornado to ever happen in the best year 2020!! #FireTornado https://t.co/sGG8j1IT51— Limit Bryp 🎭 (@Limit Bryp 🎭)1597558699.0
This was the fire before the tornado 😐. #firetornado https://t.co/yBb6NqOAj6— Qela b (@Qela b)1597540630.0
The "Fire Tornado" #LoyaltonFire is less than 20 miles away. Here's some photos my friend took on the road someti… https://t.co/fFyWTbMrAQ— Ginger 🌲 Sierra❄ Nevada 😷 #CA01 (@Ginger 🌲 Sierra❄ Nevada 😷 #CA01)1597539650.0
Over the last seventy-two hours, roughly 367 new fires have broken out.
via: GettyDue to 10,849 lightning strikes reported statewide.
Sadly, there have been fatalities while the fire is being contained.
via: GettyA helicopter has crashed while fighting the wildfires, which has added yet another blaze to those already raging.
According to reports, the chopper went down on Wednesday morning while trying to fight the blaze over Reno.
via: GettyAnother fire broke out due to the impact, destroying around 50 acres of land before it joined up with the main fire.
While the pilot is yet to be identified, he is said to have been the only one on board.
via: GettyThe helicopter was privately owned but contracted to help the government tackle the wildfire.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the cause of the crash.
Afternoon visible satellite image shows immense smoke blowing about from the wildfires. #cawx https://t.co/5ceLkvWkfi— NWS Bay Area (@NWS Bay Area)1597790508.0