The lightning caused Browns Fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.
The fire is being managed for resource benefit and has grown to 895 acres over the past two and a half weeks. It is burning in chaparral brush and pinyon-juniper fuel types. The fire has been slowly backing down both sides of the Four Peaks ridge consuming dead and down fuels left from the 1996 Lone Fire.