Wildfires help unearth long-lost artifacts from Native American history.

Flagstaff, Arizona

As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert, and cliffs for ancient tools and unique dwellings in the American Southwest, he realizes that they are part of a larger picture.

And fire is not new to them.

“They have been burned many, many times, and that is healthy,” said Mr. Nez, a Navajo archaeologist and firefighter. “Many of our cultural resources we see alive, and living beings are resistant.”

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