Good progress was made today on the Brown Fire. The fire’s current size is 14,979 acres. Burning operations at the mouths of Thomas and Brown Canyons, and in the areas above Las Delicias and Elkhorn Ranches have contributed to the fire’s increased acreage and containment.
Today firefighters are strengthening indirect control lines with burning operations and continuing structure protection measures in Thomas and Brown Canyons and area ranches. Helicopters and fixed-wing air tankers are being utilized as needed. Ground and air operations continue to be challenged by the heat, low humidity, and steep, inaccessible terrain.
A Type 1 and an additional Type 3 helicopter joined the effort Monday, in addition to three helicopters currently on scene. Two single engine air tankers (SEATS) also assisted firefighters constructing direct fireline and cooling hotspots. Currently 205 personnel are assigned to the incident, including the Craig IHC, three Arizona State Fire Crews and six fire engine crews.
The incident 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. The incident commander is John Thornburg of the Southest Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team. Incident priorities remain public and firefighter safety, 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 fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain in BLM Wilderness, parts of the Fish and Wildlife Service Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona State Forestry managed land, private and Tohono O’odam Nation lands.
One uninhabited structure and one outbuilding were destroyed when the fire began on June 17. Fire officials are working closely with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance to minimize the fire’s impact to natural habitat and area ranches. Although temperatures today were slightly lower than on Sunday, ground and air operations continue to be challenged by high heat, low humidity, and steep, inaccessible terrain.
Brown Fire Information:
- Date of Origin: Friday June 17th, 2016 approx. 07:07 AM
- Location: 25 mi. SW of Three Points, AZ in the Baboquiviri Mountains
- Cause: Human caused, Under Investigation
- Incident Commander: ICT4 Mark South
- Total Personnel: 205
- Size 14,979 Acres
- Percent Contained: 15%
- Resources: 4 type 2 handcrews, 1 type 1 handrcrews, 1 wildland fire module, 6 type 6 engines, 4 water tenders, 1 ambulance, 2 helicopters, 1 SEAT, miscellaneous overhead
- Fuels Involved: Grass and brush
- Projected Incident Activity: Fire will continue to spread north, west, and east due to inaccessible terrain. Thomas Canyon Road being utilized to halt fire spread to the south.
- Weather Concerns: Extreme heat warning today and through the week. 105+ degrees, low relative humidity