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Idaho wildfires expose ancient artifacts

Wildfires in southern Idaho has cleared away thousands of acres of vegetation, exposing artifacts in the process.

“The chances are pretty high that people are going to be running across something,” said Suzanne Henrikson, archeologist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Burley field office. “Especially in burn areas, these relics have no vegetation to cover them.”

The BLM is charged with protecting these relics and is prohibited by federal law from pinpointing the exact location of those they do find. However, Henrikson said that running across a historically valuable artifact is possible across the entire 400,000-acre BLM Twin Falls District.

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Story: Kimberlee Kruesi, Magic Valley | Wikimedia Commons

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