Arizona Wildfires

Apr 16, 2014 12:41 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Residents gather for the latest Brown Fire information

SIERRA VISTA - About 100 people packed Tuesday's public meeting at the Sierra Vista Ranger District to learn more about the Brown Fire burning in the Huachuca mountains. Many of the people who attended were impacted by the Monument Fire three years ago.

So far, 150 homes near Ramsey Canyon have been given pre-evacuation notices, because of the Brown Fire. They've been given a pamphlet educating homeowners on what to do, in the event evacuations are necessary.

Homes in Brown Canyon are expected to receive notices Wednesday by the Sheriff's department.

Right now, the Brown Fire is considered the largest wildfire burning in the US. Incident Commander Clay Templin views that as a positive; meaning resources to fight the fire are abundant.

Three helicopters and four air tankers will attack it from the sky in addition to ground crews and engines.

"We have gone ahead flown three hot shot crews up there, making good progress, reinforcing retardant lines. We have retardant lines all around the fire. So they're putting in hands lines. We've had good efforts on the east end on the Westside we still have a ways to go," says Templin.

If area residents have questions or concerns the Sheriff's department has set up a command post at the intersection of Cooper and Highway 92.

There's also an official Brown Fire Facebook page.

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