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NWS Reno issues rare 'fire tornado' warning amid Loyalton Wildfire

Las Vegas continues to see record-breaking heat
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Posted at 9:23 AM, Aug 16, 2020

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.

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On Saturday, the agency sent out a series of tweets cautioning people to stay away.

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
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The National Weather Service in Reno issued a rare “fire tornado warning” on Aug. 15 related to the Loyalton Fire. This picture was sent to 13 Action News from viewers KateLynn and Jordan Hewlett.

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°.

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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.