(KMOV) – A spectacular and frightening photo taken in Missouri over the weekend is gaining some national attention.
The photo of a “fire devil” taken near Chillicothe, Mo. was posted to Instagram by user nicejalapeno.
“Had such a wonderful weekend, but this had to be the coolest/scariest thing I’ve ever seen,” she wrote on the Instagram post. “A farmer burning off his field and as we stopped so I could take a picture the wind whipped up this fire twister. #nofilter #firestorm #firetwister”
The Weather Channel later re-posted the picture to its Facebook page, noting “fire whirls will not be out of the question” with the uptick in high temperatures lately.
Fire whirls are caused when air superheated by a fire rises quickly. They are very narrow and can reach heights of 100 feet.