- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

OJAI, Calif. (AP) - As a wildfire burned in a Southern California forest over the past two weeks, archeologists and American Indians worked the fire line to help firefighters avoid cultural sites.

The Pine Fire is in the mop-up stage this week after burning more than 3½ square miles in the Sespe Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest 11 miles north of the city of Ojai.

The U.S. Forest Service says the Los Padres is part of ancestral lands for the Chumash Tribe.

Six members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians from the Santa Ynez Chumash Fire Department worked with federal archeologists to protect historical resources from accidental damage.

Specialists use known data to pinpoint areas that should be avoided and also look for sites not previously known.


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