Though Southern California is no stranger to wildfires, one natural phenomena that can occur amid the smoke and flames can still be an usual sight.
"Fire tornados" can seem slightly apocalyptic but ABC7 meteorologist Dallas Raines took the time to explain how those weather systems form.
The key: hot air generated by the fires themselves.
Watch the video above for the full breakdown.
Video: 'Fire tornado' caught on video in Lake Fire perimeter