'Firenado': Swirling Inferno Caught on Tape

A rare phenomenon that looks like a burning tornado is seen in amazing video.
3:00 | 09/18/12

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Transcript for 'Firenado': Swirling Inferno Caught on Tape
Sunny, thanks very much. Let's go to sam. You have a firenado. It's incredible to show you video. Normally these things don't last very long. A fire tornado will kick up and last a minute or two. In this case, it lasted long enough to get not just still pictures, but incredible video. This swirling inferno, amazingly caught on tape. A stream of 100-foot-high flames ignites in the australian outback, where firefighters have been battling fires for nearly a week. It happened monday afternoon, when chris was scouting locations for a movie shoot. Abc news licensed this video from the filmmaker. He was standing about 1,000 feet from all the action. I knew within 30 seconds this was a very unique event. Probably globally. The sound of a jet engine. It was just -- it just didn't even look real. Reporter: This dust devil with fire occurs when intense twisting ground-level winds come in contact with fire, propelling it upwards into a column of warm, rising air. The phenomenon usually lasts for just a couple of minutes. But tangey found himself in the middle of mother nature's fury for an astonishing 40 minutes. I've never seen anything so big move so quickly in my life. It was awe-inspiring, absolutely. And it's something I never expect to see again. Something most of us will

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