GORMAN — A combination of hot temperatures, high winds and burning brush led to the formation of a rare “firenado” Wednesday in Gorman — and it was caught on camera.
The brush fire that scorched about 150 acres near Gorman was about 80% contained Thursday, and firefighters were working to fully extinguish hot spots.
The “firenado,” with flames gathering and erupting in a tornado-like tower of fire, can be seen in video from news helicopters, including those from KTLA5 and ABC7.
ASTONISHING: A “firenado” was captured on video as it began forming on the ground in Gorman. The smoke from it then started swirling and moving like a tornado. The incredible sight was created by the Sam Fire after it shut down Highway 138.🔥🌪️😮 https://t.co/Tjp4l6g0ZL pic.twitter.com/Iqn4FyvZ7M
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 11, 2022
— KTLA (@KTLA) August 11, 2022
‘Firenado’ rips through area in California, US, with hundreds of firefighters called to tackle blaze https://t.co/TvKCSObpbV pic.twitter.com/iH4dJxXZpl
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 11, 2022
The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon near West Lancaster Road and Old Ridge Route Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
No structures were threatened, the fire department reported.
Daily News staff contributed to this report.