This is the summer of the firenado

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue captured this firenado footage in Derbyshire at a plastics factory fire. Via The Guardian

Firefighters captured spectacular footage of an unusual occurrence while tackling a plastic pallet blaze at the Ravensbourn plastics factory in Woodville, near Swadlincote. Fire tornadoes – also known as fire whirls – happen when cool air combines with hot air above to create a swirling effect.

The California wildfires have been creating firenadoes on a massive scale, with strengths similar to EF-3 tornadoes:

Here's a good explainer of the phenomenon:

'Firenado' spotted in Derbyshire by firefighters (YouTube / Guardian News)