Spectacular video: Fire tornado in California

A spreading bush fire in the US state of California made for spectacular pictures. Los Angeles television station KTLA released videos taken from a helicopter. A kind of “fire tornado” can be seen on them.

Firefighters were called to the fire around 4 p.m. local time. The city of Gorman, near which the fire is located, is about an hour from Los Angeles. At this point, more than a hectare of forest was already burning.

Fire tornadoes can occur when “dry, fire-susceptible materials and unpredictable winds meet,” according to the local fire department. The fire is turned into a vortex by hot air spinning upwards.

More than 200 emergency services were able to contain the fire in a 60-hectare area. No houses or people are threatened, according to the fire department.