As the fire moves east toward New Mexico it enters the historically rich Gila and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests, where scientists estimate there are several thousand archeological sites.
“That may be a low figure,” said Jim Bradford, regional supervisory archeologist for the National Park Service. The sites, which are defined by the physical remains of human activity, can be anything from a scattering of spear points to a multistory cliff palace. Archeologists have evidence of 12,000 years of human history in the area.
Story: Ashley Powers, Nicholas Riccardi and Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times | Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP