Torn by tornadoes of fire

The 18th of January 2003 was a dark day for Canberra. The bushfires that had been burning for days, began to rage out of control. The flames quickly spread from the devastated national parks into the suburbs, destroying over 200 homes and leaving four casualties.

It was long speculated that the fires included a tornado, but it has just been proven that the fires actually caused a ‘fire tornado’.

Bill Walter spoke with ACT Emergency Services Agency Special Risks Analyst, Rick McRae to find out exactly what a fire tornado is.

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Producer: Tarnia George

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