The Brown Fire is currently 30% contained at 15,240 acres. Burning operations on the fire’s west flank helped complete fireline above the Las Delicias Ranch on Monday. Today firefighters are seeking opportunities to construct direct fireline and conduct burning operations above Elkhorn Ranch to limit the fire’s progress on the northwest flank.
Four helicopters including a Type 1 ship are assisting firefighters as they complete fireline and cool hotspots. 230 personnel are currently assigned to the incident, including the Craig Hotshots, 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. Slightly cooler temperatures with a high of 106 degrees are expected today as ground and air operations continue to be challenged by the 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: 230
- Size 15,240 Acres
- Percent Contained: 30%
- 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
- Planned Actions: 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.
- 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