PHOENIX (AP) -- A team of archaeologists working to preserve significant sites near the Slide Fire in northern Arizona has found a potentially historic cabin and arrowhead.
The three-person team has worked closely with firefighters battling the blaze in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff in an effort to protect significant archaeological sites.
The fire that began May 20 and has disrupted life in the scenic area has burned 32 square miles. Containment has reached 45 percent.
The archaeologists have found a potentially historic cabin in an area known as East Pocket south of Flagstaff. They also found an arrowhead that is likely thousands of years old.
Engine Boss Leo Holley and crewmembers from the Coronado National Forest identified this historical small cabin, tucked away in a steep side canyon, and right away recognized the importance of this find.
The crew removed fuel and other debris from around the cabin and also placed a layer of protective fabric around the structure to protect it during burnout operations.
Coconino National Forest archaeologist Jeremy Haines salvaged an axe-hewn log from the structure in order to send it to the Tree Ring laboratory at the University of Arizona to have it dated.