Talala fires result in a 'Smokenado'

Posted at 1:05 PM, Apr 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 11:43:34-04

TALALA, Okla. — A smokenado caught on camera in Rogers County over the weekend.

A smokenado goes by many names, including smoke tornado, firenado, fire whirl or fire devil.

This condition is caused when ash and smoke are uplifted by an intense updraft created over hot spots of a fire and the smoke begins to rise. These are similar to a land spout tornadoes or dust devils.

There is enough shear flowing through the smoke as it rises and creates a spinning motion.

Video Courtesy: Scotty Stokes, Rogers County Emergency Management

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