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Report: Massive fire tornado killed California firefighter

SAN FRANCISCO – Officials say a firefighter who died while helping people evacuate Northern California blaze was killed by a fire tornado that at one point reached a temperature of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit (1,480 degrees celsius).

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says in a report that Rescue firefighter Jeremy Stoke, has died after he was engulfed in seconds by a fire tornado with a on the basis of the size of three football pitches and wind speeds up to 165 miles (265 kilometres) per hour.

The report released Wednesday says that on 26 July the 37-year-old fire inspector was driving his pickup truck down a Rescue road, the work on evacuation of people. A minute later, he radioed a “mayday” call to say that he had burns over, and then his transmissions abruptly stopped.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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