See how Woodbury Fire impacted archaeological sites in Tonto National Forest

  • Source: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
  • Published: 12/17/2019 09:56 PM

VIDEO: The Woodbury Fire torched nearly 125,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest this past summer. It became the 5th-largest wildfire in Arizona history, and archaeologists may never know the full extent of the damage the fire inflicted on ancient Indian ruins scattered throughout the scorched area. There are an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 archaeological sites in the Tonto National Forest, according to United States Forest Service archaeologist Steve Germick. But only about 11,000 of them have been explored and documented. Germick says there is no question that some of the smaller, lesser-known and unknown sites were damaged by the fire and by erosion from the rains that came after the vegetation burned away. Erosion can unearth, move and damage buried artifacts.


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