The Brown Fire is located 18 miles north of Sasabe, Arizona. It has burned 3,605 acres in steep, rugged terrain. One uninhabited structure and one outbuilding have been destroyed. The fire is burning in BLM Wilderness, parts of the Fish and Wildlife Service Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona State Forestry managed land, and small portions of private and Tohono O’odam Nation lands.
The Southeast Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander John Thornburg assumed command of the fire Saturday. The Brown Fire is being managed 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. Incident priorities include providing for the safety of the public and firefighters, protecting structures in Brown and Thomas Canyons, and minimizing impacts of the fire to valuable resources in the area including Baboquivari Cave, Sycamore Canyon Springs and the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
The incident command post is located in a valley just south of the fire. Currently 186 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 are assigned to the fire and fixed-wing air tankers are available as needed. Ground and air operations are being challenged by record high temperatures predicted for Sunday, low humidity, and steep, inaccessible terrain.
Crews will identify and construct containment lines on the north, east, and west perimeters of the fire. Continue to hold line in Thomas Canyon. Assess structure protection needs in Elkhorn Guest Ranch and other canyons.
The fire will continue to spread north, west, and east due to inaccessible terrain. Thomas Canyon Road is being utilized to halt fire spread to the south.
- Brown Fire Information:
- Current as of: June 18, 2016 at 7:57:11 AM MST
- Incident Type: Wildfire
- 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: 186
- Size 3,605 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: Extreme heat warning today and through the week. 105+ degrees, low relative humidity