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Rare fire tornado spotted near a blaze in California

A rare and fiery tornado was spotted Saturday near a fire in California, The National Weather Service Office reported.
Smoke Tornado from Loyalton Fire
Smoke Tornado from Loyalton Fire
Published: Aug. 16, 2020 at 3:49 PM EDT
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(CNN) -A rare and fiery tornado was spotted Saturday near a fire in California, The National Weather Service Office reported.

The NWS issued a tornado warning for a pyrocumulonimbus cloud that formed by the Loyalton Fire.

“It was capable of producing a fire-induced tornado and outflow winds in excess of 60 mph,” said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

A pyrocumulonimbus cloud forms above intense rising heat, typically from a fire or volcano.

The Loyalton Fire has burned 20,000 acres and was 5% contained by early Sunday. The fire is burning east of the town of Loyalton.

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