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Published October 31, 2011, 10:33 PM

Rare 'Fire Tornado' Spotted Near Langdon, ND

NEAR LANGDON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A small grassland or slough wildfire southwest of Langdon, ND, appears to have spawned what the National Weather Service calls an "interesting and obscure phenomena."

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

NEAR LANGDON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A small grassland or slough wildfire southwest of Langdon, ND, appears to have spawned what the National Weather Service calls an "interesting and obscure phenomena."

Meteorologist Greg Gust says that the rare "fire tornado" touched down on Monday, October 24 north of Loma, ND, or 8 miles west-southwest of Langdon.

Gust says the whole fire event was short-lived, occurring between 2:55 and 3:05 p.m.

Langdon photographer and SkyWarn spotter Kelly Schwartz reported the tornado and starting taking some amazing pictures of the odd-looking formation.

Fire tornadoes form when heated air near the surface of a fire rises rapidly into a part of air that has horizontal or vertical "vorticity."

It's basically like a dust devil, or whirlwind. The rising air can accelerate and turn into a vortex composed of fire instead of dust.

The whirl can last for several minutes or more.

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