The Gulf Coast of the United States currently endures damaging wind and rain initiated by Hurricane Ida. Meanwhile, the country’s western coast continues to succumb to the growing flames of California wildfires. Most recently, California’s latest outbreak blaze, the Chaparral Fire, has burned more than 1,400 acres in two days. The land consumed by the most recent fire lies in San Diego and Riverside counties.
The blaze ignited around mid-day Saturday and Sunday saw the wildfire only 10% contained. Between the western wildfires and the hurricane ravaging the South, Americans across the country have evacuated their homes. Cal Fire shared that the Chaparral Fire initiated evacuations for residents living across multiple regions. These include areas in “North of Tenaja Truck Trl, South of Calle Cielo, East of Calle Collado, and West of Calle Be Bietol.”
The recent evacuations also prompted warnings for residents in neighboring areas. Authorities told folk bordering the Cleveland National Forest to “leave now.”
Further, firefighters occupy numerous regions throughout the western region of the U.S. among ongoing wildfires. However, CNN states the Chaparral Fire requires the attendance of 150 firefighters, 23 engine companies, two helicopters, and four air tankers. Cal Fire further stated the latest wildfire exploded from a minimal 20 acres to 1,200 acres over six hours.
Overall, authorities have not yet identified the cause of the Chaparral Wildfire.
Western Wild Fires Produce Terrifying ‘Firenados’
As ridiculous or fake as the term may sound, the fires out west have consistently resulted in firenadoes this summer. More scientifically speaking, the phenomenon is also known as fire whirls. Authorities spotted the latest firenado following the ignition of the rapidly growing Chaparral Fire.
The Chaparral firenado ignited during the fire which, as of Sunday, was crawling west of Temecula, CA.
Tornadoes and hurricanes themselves possess their own horrors, Hurricane Ida most recently demonstrating. Although, they become even more terrifying among wild fires. According to a CBS report, a firenado occurs when rapidly rising heat and turbulent wind merges. They become swirling eddies of hot air, frequently creating funnels moving at more than 100 miles per hour.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, firenadoes vastly range in size, measuring anywhere between one foot to more than 500 feet in diameter. Check out the Chaparral monster below.
In California, fire conditions are so intense that they are once again spawning firenadoes. This is from the Chaparral Fire burning just west of Temecula pic.twitter.com/a1ML4BCg6O— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) August 29, 2021
Wildfire season this year has seen an increased number of firenadoes, but the clip above is terrifying as the monster Chaparral firenado completely dwarfs the helicopter which flies in front of it. It also easily overwhelms the tractor that sits dangerously close to it.
Additionally, until recently, firenadoes were rare occurrences. However, with increased climate change and even more consistent wildfires, they happen more and more frequently. And the more intense the fire, the more likely it will result in a firenado.