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Dust devil swings burning tumbleweeds at firefighters

Dust Devil Swings Burning Tumbleweeds at Firefighters
What you're about to see looks like something straight out of an end-of-the-world Hollywood thriller. It's called a dust devil.

'This was all caught on video near Denver on Friday. Take a look. Crews were doing a controlled burn about 150 acres of land on that, but strong, swirling winds kicked in and the fire grew out of control.'

KUSA had the remarkable video, which shows debris swirling around and some tumbleweeds on fire. One firefighter in the video said you don't see something like this very often. 'Well, that escalated quickly.'

And yes, that was a Ron Burgundy quote.

'Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.'

New York Daily News reports the dust devil lasted for about five minutes. It ended up burning an additional acre of land in the "controlled" burn.

'It ended up serving as a reminder that fires can be incredibly unpredictable. The crews were prepared for that, but they were not prepared for was their own fire getting drawn into a dust devil creating a moving fire headed in their direction.'

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dal March 25 2014 at 5:52 AM

Goodness! Gracious! GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!

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rockermn March 25 2014 at 4:10 AM

Looks like this one was out by buckeye,arizona.

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penrosecottage March 24 2014 at 9:49 PM

Where did they ever find Meg ? her voice is enough to drive me up a wall, time to get rid of these kids and get some one who doesn't sound like their whining all the time.

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DOUG March 24 2014 at 11:15 PM

They showed this on the Weather Channel days ago. Nice to see AOL and HuffPost are on the ball bringing us the most recent news.

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wlh1923 DOUG March 25 2014 at 10:09 AM

For someone cruising the weather channel looking for the latest news I'd suggest - get a life.

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randmhunley March 24 2014 at 11:18 PM

they are in a drought stricken part of the country
and everything is dying and dried out
so what should we do today ,,
i know lets start a FIRE
call it a CONTROLLED BURN ,and we will play with the hoses
and hope we dont start a WILD FIRE big enough to burn the state

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milliebsp March 24 2014 at 4:51 PM

Note to Meg McLeod, reporter of this article ...

The word is "straight" NOT "shtraight".

It's the sound of an "S". It's NOT the sound of "SH" !!!!!

What has happened to the field of journalism? So many reporters
can't spell OR speak correctly anymore!!!

Sorry, but spelling and grammar mistakes REALLY bug me!
Especially when made by those who should know better!!

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kittenkiller800 milliebsp March 24 2014 at 5:29 PM

what u mean?

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volcraze March 24 2014 at 11:37 PM

I thought I knew what a "controlled burn" was. This sounds like a bunch of pyromaniacs had a little fun.

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hglauser March 25 2014 at 12:05 AM

"controlled burn",
they do this here in Arizona.
I remember a few years ago, they did a controlled burn, and almost destroyed the South Rim.
Reminders of this "exercise" are still very visible around Mathers Point.

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Velocity105 March 25 2014 at 2:23 AM

Wow freak of nature. Never saw a dust devil that big. More like a micro-tornado.

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leatherwiz March 25 2014 at 4:00 AM

Theyre always "controlled burns" til the wind takes away that control.

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