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A plane drops retardant while battling the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, as viewed from Sugarloaf, Colo., Sunday, July 10, 2016. Fire authorities are warning that shifting high winds and high temperatures could put homes in danger. The fire that started on Saturday spread quickly. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Apparently fire tornadoes or fire whirls are a real thing


Forest fires and tornadoes are both scary on their own, but nothing sounds more terrifying than a combination of the two. 

Apparently, fire tornadoes, or fire whirls, are real! 

A firefighter near the Beaver Creek fire, which is raging near Walden, Colorado, captured this incredible photo of the phenomenon. 

According to CNN, the fire whirls form when hot, dry air close to the ground rises quickly in a column, forming a vortex. 

Although fire tornadoes are a rare and brief phenomenon, they can be extremely dangerous. 

The Beaver Creek fire has been burning since June and likely won't be under control until October. 

Sunday firefighters posted to Facebook saying warmer temperatures and lower humidity combined with wind conditions have led to an increase in fire activity. 

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