The Brown Fire started on U.S. Army Fort Huachuca on April 13 and burned onto the Coronado National Forest at approximately 11am on April 14.
Airtankers have been dropping retardant and helicopters have been dropping buckets of water on the fire to try to minimize the fire's spread. Division Supervisors and Crew Supervisors continue to asses the fire to determine the best strategy.
Plans for Tuesday:
Scouting handline construction contingencies utilizing aviation for crew shuttles and continued use of helicopters and air tankers to drop water and retardant.
Clay Templin's Type-1 Southwest Incident Management Team has been ordered. Transfer of command will occur Tuesday at 6pm
Brown Fire summary:
- Size: approximately 366 acres
- Containment: 0%
- Growth potential: moderate
- Fire behavior: Active fire. Short runs. Isolated torching with short range spotting.
- Threats: No structures are threatened at this time.
- Objective: Full Suppression; Limit the fire's spread
- Fuels: The fire is burning at the upper elevations in brush and timber.
- Terrain: steep rugged inaccessible terrain.
- Weather: A Fire Weather Watch is predicted on Tuesday. Low humidity and high winds combined with drought conditions will result in unfavorable conditions.
- Resources: Approximately 160 personnel are assigned including:
- 2 hotshot crews on scene - Ironwood IHC & Silver City IHC (3 additional hotshot crews enroute)
- Coronado NF crew 5 short crew
- 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs)
- 2 P2V air tankers
- 1 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)
- 1 Type 3 helicopter
- 1 Type 2 helicopter
- Miscellaneous fire engines (crews supporting suppression efforts)
- Miscellaneous overhead