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    Author(s): Arthur R. Pirsko; Leo M. Sergius; Carl W. Hickerson
    Date: 1965
    Source: Res. Note PSW-RN-061. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 13 p
    Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
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    A destructive whirlwind of tornadic force was formed in a 600-acre brush fire burning on the lee side of a ridge near Santa Barbara on March 7, 1964. The fire whirlwind, formed in a post-frontal unstable air mass, cut a mile long path, injured 4 people, destroyed 2 houses, a barn, and 4 automobiles, and wrecked a 100-tree avocado orchard.
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    Pirsko, Arthur R.; Sergius, Leo M.; Hickerson, Carl W. 1965. Causes and behavior of a tornadic fire-whirlwind. Res. Note PSW-RN-061. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 13 p.

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