Terrifying 'fire whirl' caught on camera by firefighter

courtesy Charles Bolt, Engine 1419
courtesy Charles Bolt, Engine 1419

A firefighter battling the Beaver Creek Fire in Colorado captured a terrifying "fire whirl" on camera.

The fire whirl, also called a "fire tornado," happens when hot, dry air close to the ground, like that near a fire, rises rapidly in a column, forming a vortex, FOX 31 in Denver reports.

This whirl was captured by firefighter Charles Bolt of Mississippi near the Colorado-Wyoming border.

Fire whirls can be very dangerous because it's a raging column of fire, FOX 31 reports.

The Beaver Creek Fire has burned more than 36,000 acres since June.

Here is video of the same fire whirl:

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