Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today in Severe Weather History for August 15

On this date in 1967, the "sundance fire" in northern Idaho was initially sparked by a fierce lightning storm.  In addition, strong, gusty winds of over 50 mph carried the flames for as many as 10 miles in advance of the main fire area.  

In just over 12 hours, the fire spread 20 miles across the Selkirk Mountains and consumed over 56,000 acres.  "Fire tornadoes" produced winds in excess of 300 mph, causing further damage to trees and property.

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