A photo of a fire twister in outback Queensland on October 24, contributed by Bulloo Shire Council.
Photo: Belinda Easton
Canberra researchers say they have confirmed the first case of a fire tornado from analysis of evidence collected during the January 2003 Canberra fires.
The researchers say the findings point to a possible shortcoming in the building codes in Australia’s fire prone environments.
Pyro-tornadogenesis is the technical term used to refer to the ability of a large fire to produce a genuine tornado … this is the first documentation of the creation of a true tornado by the convection column of a large fire.
Rick McRae, ACT Emergency Services Authority …