Published August 23, 2013
New footage of the Moon Lake Complex wildfire seems to capture a "firenado" scorching its way through a section of Alaskan forest. According to InciWeb, the fire has already consumed 76,548 acres and is only 50 percent contained. Lightning is believed to be the cause of the blaze.
The video was uploaded by the Alaska Division of Forestry, stating, "Many long-term firefighters have witnessed rotating fire columns and are familiar with extreme fire behavior."
The National Interagency Fire Center says that 3,432,058 acres of land have been burned by wildfires in the United States in over 33,000 fires this year. Alaskan fires account for 1,310,126 of those torched acres.