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9-5-2020 Creek Fire Pyrotornadoes (2 Viewers)

MNTornadoGuy

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If it really killed that many people an argument could be made that this is the deadliest tornado in world history.
A large majority of the people were killed by the fire being "carried" by the tornado so I don't know if it would count as a direct result of the tornado.
 

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MNTornadoGuy

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I found some aerial imagery of the Mammoth Pool EF2 pyrotornado. I haven't mapped the entire path yet but it appears it might have been >460 yards wide at some points.
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MNTornadoGuy

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I've done some mapping of aerial imagery of the EF2 Mammoth Pool pyrotornado and it seems to have had a very large damage swath. It seems like it might have been up to ~1000 yards wide.
 
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So this is interesting, some pyrotornadoes (or ashnadoes, or ash whirls, not sure what to call them) were spawned from a pyroclastic flow of a volcano:




Also, there is a vortex known as an "ash devil" that often forms in the aftermath of forest fires:


Dust devils, steam devils, snow devils, debris devils, leaf devils or hay devils, water devils, coal devils, ash devils, what's next?
 

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On April 8, 1926, a lightning strike would spark a massive fire at an oil-tank near San Luis Obispo CA. The intense heat of the fire generated a pyrocumulus and thousands of whirlwinds. Some of these whirlwinds were true pyrotornadoes, the strongest of these being a killer tornado. This F2+ fire tornado traveled a mile from the fire leveling and sweeping away two cottages, uprooted/snapped fruit trees, tore the roof off of a house, and drove a 2x4 through a pump house. The first cottage was lifted several feet in the air and carried 150 ft while the second cottage was lifted 300 ft into the air and carried 100 ft. Debris was found up to 3 miles away. Two fatalities occurred at the first cottage making it the second deadliest tornado in California history.
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