The Brown Fire was discovered on June 17 at 1630, and is located 18 miles north of Sasabe, Arizona. The fire was determined to be human-caused and currently is under investigation. One uninhabited structure and one outbuilding have been destroyed to date. Structure protection measures by the initial response resources is credited with saving several area structures including the Fish and Wildlife Education Center.
The fire is currently estimated to be 1,200 acres in size, burning in steep and rugged terrain on BLM Wilderness, a portion of the Fish and Wildlife Service Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, and Arizona State Forestry managed land and threatening Tohono O’odam Nation lands.
A Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire Saturday June 18, 2016 at 1300. The Southeast Arizona Type 3 IMT, incident commander John Thornburg, operating under a unified command consisting of fire managers from the Tohono O’odam Nation, Arizona State Forestry, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the BLM.
An incident command post is being established in a valley just south of the fire. Currently 190 personnel are assigned to the incident, including the Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), the Craig IHC, three Arizona State Fire Crews and six fire engine crews. Two helicopters and one fixed-wing air tanker are also working the fire.
Operations include direct attack on the fire’s edge, indirect attack utilizing burning operations to strengthen control lines where possible, and point protection for threatened structures. Firefighting and air operations are challenged by very high temperatures, low humidity and steep, inaccessible terrain.
Brown Fire Information:
- Cause: Human caused, Under Investigation
- Date of Origin: Friday June 17th, 2016 approx. 07:07 AM
- Location: 25 mi. SW of Three Points, AZ in the Baboquiviri Mountains
- Incident Commander: ICT4 Mark South
- Total Personnel: 190
- Size 1,200 Acres
- Resources: 3 type 2 handcrews, 2 type 1 handcrews, 6 engines, 2 helicopters, 1 SEAT, misc. overhead. One unoccupied structure and one outbuilding lost.
- Fuels Involved: Grass and brush
- Planned Actions: Continue initial attack.
- Weather Concerns: Hot, dry, and windy conditions