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Brown Fire now at 25 acres. Hot Shot crew from Silver City, N.M. now on the scene
Sierra Vists Herald ^ | Bill Hess

Posted on 04/14/2014 2:49:03 PM PDT by SandRat

Helicopters are being used to get access and fight the growing Brown Fire near Garden Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains Monday morning.

Firefighters from the State Wildland department, based from Fort Grant, will be joined by a Hot Shot crew from Silver City, N.M., on the fireline, when they can be airlifted to the remote scene. Right now, helicopters are using a staging area in Lower Garden Canyon to refill for water drops, and to conduct an aerial survelliance of the fire.

About 60 firefighters, including inmates from the Douglas correctional facility, will be airlifted to begin the work of containing the fire.

Slurry drops are being made by a Phoenix-based DC-10 aircraft, which is making trips to and from the fire scene and Phoenix to reload with slurry.

Post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said “pumpkins” have been set up in Lower Garden Canyon to be used to replenish water-carrying helicopters.

Pumpkin is a term used to describe large moveable water containers from which helicopters can refill.

The incident command has been set up at the fort’s golf course’s picnic area, Linton added.

The fire was first reported Sunday afternoon and is located in a remote area of the Huachuca Mountains.

Here is the latest on the INCIWEB website, updated this morning.

The Brown Fire is burning in Garden Canyon on the north side of the Huachuca Mountains on the Sierra Vista Ranger District Coronado National Forest. It is human-caused under investigation and burning in a remote location. The current size is approximately 25 acres with 0% containment. The fire is burning at the upper elevations in brush and timber. No structures are threatened at this time.

The fire was reported April 13 2014. Two air tankers dropping fire retardant and two helicopters dropping water were utilized to restrict the spread of the fire. Wind was a factor in the effectiveness of yesterday’s air operations.

Resouces assigned include one hotshot crew one Type 2 hand crew and one short crew for a total of 50 firefighters; three helicopters (one small medium and one large/skycrane); two air tankers (one large/P2V one very large/DC-10) miscellaneous fire engines (crews supporting suppression efforts) and miscellaneous overhead.

Helicopters are shuttling firefighters to the fire then will resume bucket drops.

Strategy is to stop and hold fire at ridgelines and burn out downward to restrict fire spread.

Air tankers will drop fire retardant to support firefighters cutting fireline.

TOPICS: US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 25acres; cardencanyon; fire; fthuachuca

1 posted on 04/14/2014 2:49:03 PM PDT by SandRat
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2 posted on 04/14/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

New Mexico PING!!

3 posted on 04/14/2014 2:51:04 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SandRat

Jump on that fast and don’t let it grow.

4 posted on 04/14/2014 2:54:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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Air tankers, ground crews fight wildfire in Huachuca Mountains
5 posted on 04/14/2014 3:04:47 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Is there a statement from CAIR yet?

6 posted on 04/14/2014 3:14:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kartographer

Thanks for the ping, Kartographer.

I expect a another big one around here soon.
We already had about a 400 acre range fire last week, due to some idiot throwing a cigarette out of his car window.

7 posted on 04/15/2014 4:20:48 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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