MOJAVE DESERT (CBSLA) — The temperatures have cooled and the skies are clear and blue, but the memory of this summer’s firestorms are still fresh in the minds of firefighters and National Park Service officials in the Mojave National Preserve.
The Mojave National Preserve posted images Tuesday of a stunning “firenado” that erupted as firefighters battled the Dome Fire. The rare wildfire phenomenon developed on the second day of the firefight, which began on Aug. 15.READ MORE: Shooting, Crash Shuts Down 60 Freeway In Pomona
The “firenado” developed on due to extreme fire conditions and gusty winds creating its own weather, National Park Service officials from the Mojave National Preserve said.READ MORE: Woman Goes Missing In Water Near Santa Monica Pier
“A convection column rose, then capped out when it hit a certain altitude and was stopped by the atmosphere,” according to the National Park Service. “When the convection column then collapsed, it created downdrafts and fire whirls (sometimes called ‘firenadoes’).”
The Dome Fire was sparked by lightning and burned more than 43,000 acres, according to Inciweb. There were no injuries reported, but the fire is believed to have killed as many as 1.3 million Joshua trees, which don’t grow anywhere else in the world. The National Park Service says about 25% of the contiguous Joshua tree forest burned in the Dome Fire.MORE NEWS: Montclair City Employees Will Need Vaccination Sticker On ID Badge Monday If They Want To Work Maskless
The Mojave National Preserve is bordered to the north by the 15 Freeway and bumps up against the Nevada state border.