They come in a variety of names like: "fire devil", "fire whirl", "fire swirl", or "fire twister". The more familiar and trendy name is "firenado" - a whirlwind created by the heat and energy from a fire that contracts into a vortex. Although they are referred to by many names, they aren't commonly seen.

The Colorado River, which starts here in the Rockies and runs for 1,450 miles through seven U.S. states and two Mexican states, was the site for a firenado that was caught on camera by a couple in Blythe, California. It started on land and then hit the water. You can see some boats hightailing it out of there.