A team of responders in British Columbia had a recent close encounter with a wildfire that grabbed their hose…and wouldn’t let go.
“When I went through basic firefighter training, the instructors did not cover what to do if a fire tornado takes possession of our fire hose,” writes Wildfire Today editor Bill Gabbert. “What would YOU do if your fire hose got swept up?”
“Fire tornado destroyed our line. It threw burning logs across our guard for 45 minutes and pulled our hose 100 plus ft in the air before melting it. That’s definitely a first,” wrote Vanderhoof, B.C. firefighter M.C. Schidlowsky on her Instagram feed. “It got over 200 ft tall but the smoke was too thick to see it clearly on video.”
“Sorry for the profanity,” she added.