Hey MF: I see your 'tornado' and raise you a FUNNEL of fire

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'Funnel of fire' destroys homes in Washington

PATEROS, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley.

Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard. Most residents evacuated in advance of the flames, and some returned Friday to see what, if anything, was left of their houses. There were no reports of injuries, officials said.

A wall of fire wiped out a block of homes on Dawson Street. David Brownlee, 75, said he drove away Thursday evening just as the fire reached the front of his home, which erupted like a box of matches.

"It was just a funnel of fire," Brownlee said. "All you could do was watch her go."


'Funnel of fire' destroys homes in Washington | Fox News (external - login to view)

Nothing left but chimneys.
Those fires sure are scary.

Just this evening I watched Mickey Rooney in "The Healer" (also known as "Little Pal") which centered on the dangers of forest fires and those most vulnerable to them.

Now public domain, it can be seen here:


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