Piezoelectric Heat in Los Padres State Park, CA
Ventura County Hot Spot Puzzles Experts
By Joanna Lin for the LA Times
August 5, 2008
A patch of land in Ventura County's section of Los Padres National Forest where the ground recently heated up to 812 degrees continues to puzzle firefighters and geologists after weeks of monitoring.
"It's a thermal anomaly," said Ron Oatman, spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to reports of a blaze there a month and a half ago, when observers noticed smoke rising from the parched scrub. But when they arrived, they found no flames.
The hot spot in Los Padres National Forest is attended to by firefighters, who first responded the area a month and a half ago when observers noticed a haze of smoke, but no flames, rising from the parched scrub...
California Fire Grows to be State's Second Largest
August 21, 2007
A California blaze burning since early July grew to be the second-largest state wildfire in modern history on Tuesday, officials said as firefighters partly blocked it by a firebreak.
Even as crews made gains in the Santa Barbara County backcountry, others battled a new blaze in canyon lands east of Los Angeles and another in mountains outside Palm Springs.
The Santa Barbara County wildfire has blackened 345 square miles in Los Padres National Forest since starting July 4. It was 77 percent contained Tuesday.
The state's biggest wildfire was a 2003 fire near San Diego that burned more than 426 square miles, destroyed 4,847 structures and killed 15 people.
Also Tuesday, residents of a Montana subdivision were allowed to return home as authorities said an 800-acre wildfire that had destroyed two homes was under control.
"There's just smoke in a few places but the fire is out," said Jim Kraft, emergency services director for Yellowstone County.
Mop-up efforts were expected to continue for the next couple of days in the 300-home subdivision near Billings where two homes and a church cabin were destroyed by the fast-moving fire Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Several outbuildings and vehicles also were lost, but authorities said crews saved about 50 homes that otherwise would have burned.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, said Jack Conner with the federal Bureau of Land Management.
The Landslide that Caused a Forest Fire; A Study of an Unusual Thermal Anomaly
By King AP, Geological Society of America (Vol 37 No 7, p176)
October 17, 2005
On August 21, 2004, a landslide started a three-acre fire
in a remote area of the Dick Smith Wilderness of the Los
Padres National Forest, California. The fire was quickly
extinguished but subsurface temperatures in excess of
550°F and a sulfur odor remained. Research by National
Forest, USGS and UC Santa Barbara geologists and
hydrologists suggests a possible cause for the thermal
anomaly is the exothermic oxidation of iron sulfide minerals (pyrite and marcasite),
which then burns disseminated organic material found in the local shale.
The thermal anomaly is centered in a three-acre, highly disrupted slide deposit in a
recently active, seventeen-acre rotational/translational landslide. The landslide is
within the Eocene shales and siltstones of the Juncal Formation, a distal submarine
fan deposit that contains traces of iron sulfides, organic material, and carbonate
(Dibblee, 1966; Onderdonk, 2003).
A 'Drive Probe' was used to install three monitoring wells, where the highest temperature recorded was 584°F at 11.5' depth in December 2004. Subsequent sampling
trips to the slide suggest an average cooling of approximately 30°F since
December 2004. Our data indicates the heat sources are extremely localized in areas
of 1 m2 and 10 meters deep, which often experience high canyon winds. Springs
in proximity to the landslide are cold, commonly precipitate gypsum, and exhibit
dissimilar chemistry to the closest hot springs. Soil, rock, gas, and water samples are
currently being analyzed at the USGS, Menlo Park using a wide variety of geochemical
and electron microscopy techniques in order to test hypotheses regarding the cause
of the thermal anomaly.
This heat anomaly can be further understood in the context of other similarly curious geothermal
activity occurring simultaneously in other focal points around the globe. The hotspots are very
near the surface and unrelated to geothermal venting, suggesting that the heat source may be
an infrasound standing wave resonance being transduced.
This site has been designed to reveal the nonlinear acoustics linking these odd events to dramatic changes also
occuring in human consciousness. An infrasound resonance of standing waves is likely the root
cause of these changes brought on by the current geomagnetic reversal. The Los Padres SP anomaly (34.5N 119.4W) is occuring
7,619 miles or 30.6% of the Earth's circumference distance from the Giza pyramids.
Waves of piezoelectric fires are simultaneously occurring in Ratria, India, Babura, Nigeria, Lalapansi, Zimbabwe, Mapuve and Bodibe, South Africa, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Seattle, Washington as well as San Mateo, Vallejo and Santa Barbara, California.