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Creek anthropologist uncovers disturbing information about Appalachian fire disasters

Creek anthropologist uncovers disturbing information about Appalachian fire disasters
The person, who wrote the letter below, was one of the founding members of the People of One Fire 10 years ago and holds a PhD in Anthropology.  This person was one of the first researchers to identify absolute proof of a Maya presence in the Southeastern United States and has lived in the region where some of the worst forest fires are now burning.   Most of the founders of the People of One Fire prefer to remain anonymous, because they fear repercussions from their academic institutions, if associated with research that rebukes the orthodoxies of the Old Guard.   However, behind the scenes, they constantly provide advice and were essential to the success of this organization.
There is something odd about the Cohutta Wilderness (Rough Ridge) Fire.  Nearby residents remember hearing and feeling a large explosion, but do not recall seeing lightning.  The sky was clear.  There is something else odd.  Each of the major fires in the region over the past few years have been preceded by an earthquake . . . either under the Pigeon Mountain Volcano or in the vicinity of Dalton, GA.  What this means, no one is sure.
To the Editor of the People of One Fire:

In the minds of many people, the southern portion of the Appalachian Mountains is one of the most beautiful places on earth to live. The scenery, climate, and wonderful friendly people attract millions of visitors each year and have enabled the continual expansion of permanent population in the Atlanta – Chattanooga corridor.

Yet, the area is not without natural hazards, whose potential should not be underestimated by anyone residing in the region. Given the increasing incidence of extreme phenomena, both natural and human caused (or aggravated), everyone should become hazard literate, no matter where they live. There are many reliable web sites that can be used to identify local environmental hazards, become better educated about such hazards, and make informed decisions in order to better protect oneself, family, and property.

While major hurricane conditions rarely impact the mountains directly (although they can), extreme winds, blizzards, wildfires, and flash floods strike somewhere in the Southern Appalachians on a yearly basis. Seismic activity can also pose serious threats in the region. Although most seismic events in the southern mountains are low magnitude, there is always the potential for stronger earth movement, which can be accompanied by geothermal activity.  Activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone during the 1811 – 1812 earthquakes for example, impacted almost the entire eastern part of the country. Much of the southern highlands is immediately adjacent to the New Madrid zone. In 1811 the region was sparsely populated. Now many millions of people live in communities located on or adjacent to the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Here is a link to a USGS site on the New Madrid zone and also a link to the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program .

Below are some seismic incidents that have occurred in the northern portion of Georgia and the western part of North Carolina. These incidents go all the way back to 1848 and occur in some of the same areas currently being devastated by wildfires.

Some Seismic Activity in Georgia – North Carolina – Alabama –Tennessee – Virginia

11/13/2016        Pigeon Mtn.        GA         M2.6

06/07/2016        Summerville        GA/AL   M2.5      (c. 20 miles w of Pigeon Mtn., near Alabama state line)

02/23/2016        Pigeon Mtn.        GA          M2.5

02/18/2016        Pigeon Mtn.        GA          M2.5

02/27/2015        Smoky Mtns.       NC          M2.1      (near Gatlinburg/Clingman’s Dome area)

11/13/2011        Pigeon Mtn.        GA          M2.7

11/09/2011        Pigeon Mtn.        GA          M2.7

2011                     Gatlinburg/CD    NC          M?

2011                     Mineral Hill         VA          M?

04/29/2003        Pigeon Mtn.        GA/TN   M4.9 + c. 6 aftershocks (c.37 miles SW of Chattanooga)

03/18/1874        Big Bald Mtn.      NC          M? + possible ‘eruption’

06/20/1857        Pigeon Mtn.        GA          M? + ‘eruption’ (activity continued through c. 06/29/1857)*

1848 – 1849        Lookout-Sand-Pigeon Mtn. Caldera           (Reports of smoke and sulphuric odors)

* Hikers can still see the huge boulders that were thrown out of the Pigeon Mountain crater in 1857.
The Pigeon Mountain Volcanic Range is located west of Lafayette, GA and east of Lookout Mountain. The single dormant volcano last erupted in 1857, but numerous earthquakes occur underneath . . . indicating that the magma is rising.

The Pigeon Mountain Volcanic Range is located west of Lafayette, GA and east of Lookout Mountain. The single dormant volcano last erupted in 1857, but numerous earthquakes occur underneath . . . indicating that the magma is rising.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    I am shaking like a leaf Richard.
    For this is something I do know some about.
    And I am sharing this everywhere.
    Think about the diamond vents, yes, there are some over there on that mountain.
    Thanks so much for alerting me about this.
    take care Brother. I care about you..

    • Of course, I knew about the Pigeon Mountain cones, but had no idea that there were vents in the Cohuttas also.


        Oh yes, Cohutta Wilderness hides many secrets. I know one or two.
        And I trained as an undergrad in the earth sciences dept as geology student.
        I can recognize a shape or two. Along the rock ridges at the tops of Rough Ridge and Betty Gap, oh yes….some of the most rugged and inaccessible. I sure like following game trails….



      Dutchsinse has been noting these same fire outbreaks happening immediately after earthquakes for years. From his August 11th update he notes the fires and brief hotspot activity that appears shortly after these events. While the USGS tries to ignore them they are easy to identify with other information sources. He’s also the best earthquake predictor on the planet bar none.

      Start around 33:45 in… then again at 38:30 in to get an idea of how these same occurences are happening on the West Coast.

      • The massive fire, which destroyed the Cohutta National Wilderness in NW Georgia, began as an explosion and tail of fire coming out of a crack near the top of the highest mountain. My mechanical magnetometer is well made. Most of the lava rocks in my topsoil are not magnetic, but the petroglyphic boulder on my neighbor’s land near our shared property line is magnetic. This device only works if you press it against the rock.


          No magnetism observed in the lava ‘bombs’ makes sense if they cooled quickly while tumbling and changing orientation in the air, or contain negligible amounts of magnetic minerals.

          The petroglyphic boulder being magnetic on the other hand is a bit of a stunner…. even though we’ve seen this before in Central America. Great detective job with your new tools!


    O M G ! Be careful with this Richard. This could be a dangerous thing. BB has big ears.


    I just came across this article from fall 2016. On the afternoon the Cohutta fire started, I was hiking Batram Trail near Fishhawk Mtn, NC. It is east of US 23, between Franklin and Clayton. A thunderstorm was building up over the Cohutta. I watched the storm a bit to determine it’s direction of movement-being on top of a Mtn. peak is not the place to be during a storm. There were several flashes of lightening. The next day I saw a USFS post that a wildfire was building in the Cohutta and crews were dispatched. The Cohutta fire burned 35000 acres over several weeks.


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