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The Carr Fire along Highway 299 in Shasta, CA, on July 26, 2018. (Photo by Noah Berger/AP, via The Mercury News)

One of the worst fires of 2018 so far (fire season is NOT over, as I write this at the end of July/start of August, 2018) has been the Carr Fire in northern California. One of the most horrifying aspects of this enormous fire was the conditions that led to so-called “fire tornadoes” or fire vortexes. The mechanism that creates them is a combination of updrafts and extreme heat.

I have nothing but the utmost respect for the firefighters who battle these monsters. Four already have died in action in California as I write this.

They carry heavy gear and toolsrun up and down steep, rugged terrain, at altitude, in blistering heat, for 16-hour shifts. As a lowlander prone to heat exhaustion and altitude sickness (not to mention being a sedentary senior), I am simply in awe of what they do, and their steadfast courage in doing it.

IMAGE: Many thanks to The Mercury News and AP photographer Noah Berger, for this photograph.