Containment on the Brown Fire is at 80% with 15,350 acres of grass and brush burned in steep, rugged terrain. Operations on the Brown Fire are limited to patrolling and monitoring the fire on Friday. Interior pockets of heat remain, and inaccessible portions of the fire’s western flank continue to smolder on Tohono O’odam lands.
Demobilization of resources continues Friday with the release of engine crews and hand crews. One helicopter is on call for the incident as needed, and firefighters assigned to the Brown Fire are available to respond to new starts in the area. 160 personnel remain assigned to the incident, which 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 Bureau of Land Management.
The Southeast Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander John Thornburg will transition to a Type 4 Incident Commander on Saturday. Fire officials continue to work with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance to minimize the fire’s impact to natural habitat and area ranches.
One uninhabited structure and an outbuilding were destroyed when the fire started on June 17.
Lightning activity is predicted to increase today, and occasional light rain and scattered clouds persist in the fire area. A high of 102 degrees is predicted for Friday.
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
- Total Personnel: 160
- Size 15,350 Acres
- Percent Contained: 80%
- Fuels Involved: Grass and brush