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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mystery Fires by Scott Corrales

Mystery Fires by Scott Corrales

This headline caught my eye since it was by Scott Corrales of the Institute for Hispanic Ufology, always an excellent source of some of the highest strangeness around. I had not been aware of the type of events reported on in this article. Apparently, glowing lights, objects that would typically be described as a UFO are seen, which raise the temperature in the immediate vicinity to a point where objects, even normally non-combustable ones, melt and burn... then it goes away... leaving not a trace of the evidence of combustion for fire researchers to explain. It gets around, with reports from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain and Italy... as recently as a few months ago. My mind turned to thinking about SponCon briefly, but the description of the phenomena seems to point to something completely different, except that there is no obvious naturally occuring source such as a fireplace or electrical problems in the cases reported on; and that it happens in just minutes. In these cases, acres and acres of land are torched, animals and plants going up in flames with no smoke... high strangeness at it's best. What to think...? Ball lightning gone berserk? It lasts a long time for "regular" ball lightning and is huge, but it is probably the most likely direction. Wickedly evil aliens testing a death ray on hapless cows and farmhouses? Mmmm... maybe, I suppose. Some interesting theories are put forth in the article but they seem to be as odd as the phenomena itself. You'll like it, I'm sure.


Anonymous said...

I am a regular reader of FATE Magazine and I have checked out several of Scott Corrales' claims and found them to be totally false. Am I the only one who finds it strange that most of what he reports occurs in some obsure village in South America? I have friends and relatives in various South American coutnries, particularly Argentina, and I have checked out many of his fantastic claims and have yet to find one that isn't totally fabricated. All the Forteans I know consider Corrales a joke.

Scott Corrales said...

IThe real joke is that people should find comfort in doing their sniping under the label "Anonymous". Perhaps "Anonymous" would be surprised to hear that many people in South America and the Caribbean wonder why most U.S. cases occur in off-the-map towns and boroughs, and seriously question the existence of Bigfoot, Mothman and other phenomena.