Fire whirls, commonly known as "fire tornadoes" and "firenadoes," can make destructive fires even more horrifying as the flames are swept up into a swirling column of fire. These images show this frightening phenomenon during various fires.

A wildfire-induced whirl of hot ash dances across a ridge top as the sun sets on May 14, 2002, near Rancho Santa Margarita, California. The fire consumed about 1,100 acres in less than six hours and seriously threatened 200 homes.

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A firenado recorded by Chris Tangey on September 11, 2012, at Curtin Springs Cattle Station, Northern Territory, Australia

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South of Seminole, Oklahoma, December 2005

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Flames spiral upward in mini-firenadoes on a ridge as the Sawtooth Complex fire moves through Big Morongo Canyon in Morongo Valley, California, on July 13, 2006

(Photo by Reed Saxon/AP)

A fire vortex comes close to homes during the Corona Fire on November 15, 2008 in Yorba Linda, California. The fire destroyed hundreds of homes and charring thousands of acres around South California.

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A firenado rages off Corapeake Road in the Lateral West Wildfire on Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, southeastern Virginia, August 2011

(Photo by Greg Sanders/USFWS, via Flickr)

Fire whirl at a derelict building next to the Kingston Bridge, Glasgow, Scotland, November 2011

A fire tornado near the town of Chillicothe, Missouri, May 2014

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A firenado caught on video in San Marcos, California, May 2014

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And the most frightening:

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