Researchers confirm first ‘fire tornado’ during 2003 bushfires

By | November 21, 2012

A photo of a fire twister in outback Queensland on October 24, contributed by Bulloo Shire Council.

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 …

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