‘Firenado’ tears through Australian drylands in rare phenomenon

A “firenado” has been filmed tearing through Queensland in a dramatic video.

The shocking footage captured on Saturday shows the fire tornado whipping across the dry grassland in Ipswich, Australia.

Black charred ground is visible from an aerial shot as a raging orange fire rips through the ground.

The firenado came dangerously close to homes as more than 100 bushfires ravaged the state across the weekend.

Temperatures inside the fire can reach up to 1093C as smoke and embers draw into the “chimney” of the fire.

Similar to a figure skater wrapping their arms around to twist faster and faster, the same angular momentum takes place within the tornado.

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Eventually the firenado spins out, as an ice skater would opening their arms to slow down.

“As more hot air is pulled into the rising column, it begins to swirl in a vortex, not unlike the vortex that’s formed when water drains from a bathtub.”

It comes after raging bushfires tearing through Australia have left at least two dead and several missing.

One fatality was found inside a burnt-out car in Kangwalla, near Glenn Innes, New South Wales, on Saturday, as the "unprecedented" blaze destroyed more than 100 homes.

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NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said a woman died from "40-50%" burns to her body after being rushed to a hospital in the south-east state. It is understood she was fleeing for her life.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told the Daily Telegraph Australia: “She was also unconscious and the crews were rendering first aid and CPR for several hours."

He added: "We are in uncharted territory … we've never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level."

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