As the wind-driven Cave Fire ripped through thousands of acres in Santa Barbara Tuesday, state park officials raced to protect the nearby centuries-old paintings tucked away in a cave at Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park.
Silver fire blankets were attached to the walls of the small sandstone cave holding some of the oldest paintings created by Chumash Native Americans, according to California State Parks.
The artworks are believed to be anywhere between 500 to 700 years old.
The entrance to the cave is already protected with a heavy iron grill gate to keep vandals away. Photos showed the blankets attached to the entrance, which can be reached by a steep path.