Chillicothe, Missouri – Photos of a fire-nado circulating the internet might seem like some CGI creation for an over-the-top Michael Bay disaster film, but they are real.
The rare fire-nado was photographed by photographer Janae Copelin who told Fox News it was the "coolest, scariest thing," she'd seen. No one was injured in the fire-nado Copelin captured on film.
"The heat of the fire rising through the air allows the vortex to strengthen and create the fire-nado," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Lester told Fox. "The fire-nado can then suck more brush and debris into itself and fuel the fire further."
Fire-nado's usually are 5 to 10 to stories high and about 10 feet wide, according to AccuWeather. They generally only last a few minutes, but can easily start more fires by launching burning embers miles away.