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The fire took over 75 firefighters about eight hours to subdue the flames.



    'Fire Tornado' Flares Up in Missouri

    High winds caused problems for fire crews battling a blaze in South Platte, Missouri, at one point forming into a "fire tornado." Authorities said the fire is on prison property and was sparked by a lawn mower. It has burned 1,500 acres. (Published Friday, Feb. 19, 2016)

    A "firenado" formed in Missouri on Wednesday as a massive brush fire swept through Platte County, burning more than 1,000 acres of land amid whipping winds.

    The fire took over 75 firefighters about eight hours to subdue the flames, according to NBC affiliate KHSB.

    Whirling winds caused some of the flames to swirl up in tornado-like funnels, catching the eyes of firefighters on the scene. Deputy Chief Dean Cull of the Southern Platte Fire Protection District shot a video of the "firenado" and posted it on Facebook.

    The fire, which according to officials was caused by the spark of a lawn mower, started at about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, affecting both the Leavenworth and Platte County regions of Missouri. A small business near the flames in Platte County was evacuated, but most residents avoided vacating their homes during the 1,300-acre burn. 

    KHSB reported that the National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Warning for the affected areas until Thursday evening.

    No injuries were reported but two to three buildings, mostly older barns in the area, were destroyed.