How a dust devil forms

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Dust devils are always interesting to watch, especially if they are over a wildfire and grow larger becoming fire whirls, or the very rarely seen fire tornado.

The Reno office of the National Weather Service distributed this graphic of how a dust devil forms.

Formation of a dust devil
Formation of a dust devil. Reno NWS.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.