A viral video making the rounds on Twitter shows a "firenado" raging amid the ongoing wildfires in California. The video was originally posted by TikTok user firecatcher2, and shows a swirl of flames and smoke reaching up into the sky amid a field of fire. Many social media users are sharing this clip with horror, jokes or pleas for sustainable energy reform in the U.S.
The "firenado" video was posted without much context and on an otherwise empty account, raising questions about its validity. The original poster did add the hashtag "wildland firefighter," indicating that they are part of a federal firefighting service. This led most viewers to assume that they took the video while fighting the fires currently raging across California. While social media has seen plenty of horrific blazes over the last few weeks — and years — this one set the bar even higher by combining two natural disasters in one.
just what 2020 was missing... A FIRENADO pic.twitter.com/HSsGOXzVBx— Yasshole (@nimbimm) September 11, 2020
While the details of this video have not been confirmed yet, a "firenado" is not a new phenomenon, even in California. Last month, The Guardian reported on one confirmed fire tornado outside of Chilcoot, complete with another video. That one showed more smoke than flames, but the terror was about the same.
California's increasingly frequent wildfires are caused by a combination of high wind speeds and dry conditions, allowing for any small spark to become a catastrophic blaze. These conditions are caused by climate change, accounting for the renewed calls for a Green New Deal and other climate-related legislation.
Whether they took it lightly or with terror, the "firenado" seemed to inspire a take from everyone on Twitter this weekend. Here is a look at the responses it got.
Very on brand for 2020. FirenadoSeptember 11, 2020
Wouldn’t be 2020 without a firenado pic.twitter.com/sQHJXAn2Nr— Barstool Chicago (@barstoolchicago) September 12, 2020
A FIRENADO?!? 🤦🏾♂️
2020 enough is enough!
Actually it’s not 2020 its us... humans! Enough is enough humans. We need to start taking better care of each other & our planet. If you think 2020 is bad... let’s continue on this path & I assure you 2030 will be worst! https://t.co/HNTUuO365P— Karamo (@Karamo) September 12, 2020
Green New Deal
What wil it take for a Green New Deal? Firenado or some shit maybe.— Jacen Allen (@jacenallen) September 10, 2020
Can we start taking climate change seriously now https://t.co/UhPW97nIS6— ⭐Laura Shortridge-Scott 🏴 (@DiscordianKitty) September 12, 2020
This isn’t a disaster movie. This is firenado. Real.— janelynne (@janelynne) September 10, 2020
Firenado needs Aquaman tho pic.twitter.com/Gh5WfEbTYu— ⚜️MR. WHODAT™️⚜️ (@OGSilvinho) September 12, 2020
Fossil Fuel Anger
This makes me beyond furious... disgusting vile creatures— Yasshole (@nimbimm) September 11, 2020