As of May 27, the Slide fire burning near Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona has consumed over 20,328 acres and is 35% contained.
Firefighters sought out the help of archaeologists after discovering a previously unknown 1900’s historical cabin and railroad trestle nearby.
“We’re kind of on the ground with the crews and sometimes in front of them, trying to protect these places,” Coconino National Forest archaeologist Jeremy Haines said. “We want to ensure that we’re not inadvertently causing damage through the firefighting effort.”
The cabin measures 12 ft x 12 ft and contains debris of what appears to be a fireplace. It is a significant find because it’s the first real evidence of Euro-American settlements in this remote area. Haines’ team collected a sample of the log cabin and intend to send it to the University of Arizona for dating and analysis.
Haines also notes that he found an arrowhead in the nearby area that appears to date back thousands of years to the Archaic Period.
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