03/25/2014 03:35 pm ET Updated Mar 25, 2014

Things Get A Little Out Of Hand When This Tumbleweed Twister Catches On Fire (VIDEO)

Nature is an unpredictable beast.

That's the lesson a Colorado fire crew learned when things suddenly went in an unexpected direction during a prescribed burn at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Prescribed, or controlled, burns are a necessary part of keeping a forest healthy as they clear out overgrown vegetation that would otherwise raise the risk of a much larger wildfire, but it's rare that they would have quite this effect.

Thankfully, the well-trained crew contained the fire, tumbleweeds and the dust devil, managing to only burn one acre of land they hadn't planned to.

The video, posted by Thomas Rogers, gives a pretty remarkable first-hand perspective of this incredible natural phenomenon.


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