Perhaps even more intense than a sharknado, a fire tornado was filmed this week in the midwest region of Western Australia.
The whirling storm extended more than 3,000 feet into the air.
This "gob-smacking vision of an incredible natural phenomenon" was made on a camera mounted on a Department of Parks and Wildlife fire truck at Watheroo.
A senior fire scientist for the Australian department, Neil Burrows, says in the agency's narrated video that fire tornadoes are relatively common but are rarely caught on video, in part because they tend to only last a few minutes and are often in remote—and burning—places.
Whirlwinds of dusty air (and sometimes flames) spun off of hot fires, the features are also called fire