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B.C. firefighters lose battle with firenado, hose sucked in


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:19 PM - Firefighters lost a battle with a firenado in Vanderhoof, British Columbia on August 19.

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Footage uploaded to Instagram shows the firenado pulling the firefighter's hose 30 metres into the air. A caption under the video post says it melted when it came into contact with the fire.

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"Fire tornado destroyed our line," firefighter MC Schidlowsky wrote on her Instagram page.

"It threw burning logs across our guard for 45 minutes and pulled our hose 100 plus ft in the air before melting it. That's definitely a first."




By mid-August, wildfires had torched nearly 400,000 hectares of land in B.C., making 2018 the fourth-largest fire season since 1950, according to data from the BC Wildfire service.

Of the 1,820 wildfires sparked between April and August, 400 of them were started by humans.

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