RENO (KTNV) — The National Weather Service in Reno issued a rare warning this weekend, cautioning people of the potential for "fire tornadoes" as strong winds traversed the Loyalton Fire area.
On Saturday, the agency sent out a series of tweets cautioning people to stay away.
The tornadic pyrocumulus has weakened & the immediate threat of tornadic activity has decreased for the #LoyaltonFire. Extreme fire behavior will continue into this evening w/new Fire Tornadoes & strong gusts in excess of 60 mph remain possible. Stay away from the fire area.— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) August 15, 2020
The Tornado Warning is only impacting the #LoyaltonFire area. It is NOT impacting any other locations.— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) August 15, 2020
Tornado warning issued on the #LoyaltonFire near Roberts Canyon. Heed all orders by emergency managers and responding personnel. Stay away from the fire area!— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) August 15, 2020
13 Action News viewers KateLynn and Jordan Hewlett shared an amazing photograph of the phenomenon, saying on Twitter:
Tornado created by the #LoyaltonFire captured by @v3katelynn as we traveled south on 395. @NWSReno @KTNV #fire #wildfire #tornado
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas area has experienced a record-breaking heatwave.
Sunday's high temperature is expected to tie the previous record for the day, set in 1939, at 113°.
The Las Vegas area is also on track to break the 1940 record of a seven-day streak with temperatures 110° or above. Temperatures at that level are expected to last through Friday for an eight-day streak.
A Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning remain in place through Wednesday.