© 2024 | Jefferson Public Radio
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541.552.6301 | 800.782.6191
Listen | Discover | Engage a service of Southern Oregon University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Secrets Of Fire Lab: Can We Predict "Firenadoes?"

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Albert Herring, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30924582
Fire whirl at Great Dismal Swamp, North Carolina.

The image--and the sound--is still fresh to many minds in Redding.  The Carr Fire's entrance into town in late July 2018 was frightening, loud, and destructive; the fire had created a tornado. 

Science verified what people saw that night, but there are still some gaps in the knowledge.  

Jason Forthofer asks in a recent Scientific American if science can predict fire tornadoes. 

This is the kind of topic he researches at the Forest Service "Firelab" in Montana.  Jason Forthofer joins us to discuss what we know and don't about "firenadoes."  

Stay Connected
The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.