The Science Behind the Amazing, Terrifying Firenadoes in California

Slate discusses the science of firenadoes…

Wildfires are burning mostly out of control in San Diego County on Thursday as an unseasonably intense heat wave and strong, dry winds have prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.

San Diego schools are closed today, while evacuation orders forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. Nearly 10,000 acres have already gone up in flames.

The worst fire, near San Marcos, was only 5 percent contained as of Thursday morning. The California State University–San Marcos campus was evacuated, and this week’s commencement was canceled, per a CNN report.

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