Hey. Sharknado exists. It’s so bad that it’s good. You know you like it.
So Firenado. It’s fire season. As if a wildfire isn’t scary enough, add high winds that make it spread fast. If that’s not enough, add flaming dirt devils.
The infernos have even spawned dramatic fire whirls — also known as fire devils, fire tornadoes or firenadoes — as video footage sent in to local news stations shows. These immense spires of whirling flames resemble something from a medieval vision of hell. What is a fire tornado, and how dangerous are they? Read the full article here.
If it can happen in Southern California, it can happen. If there’s oxygen, there can be fire. If the wind conditions are right, there can be fire devils.
Fire tornados are not true tornados. Instead, they are created by hot, dry air rising rapidly from the ground. They are more like burning “dust devils.”
What if this happened on a newly colonized planet?
Raise the stakes. Throw a fire whirl at your protagonist and the crew.