Fire in Huachuca Mountains grows to more than 300 acres

2014-04-15T14:30:00Z 2014-04-15T15:48:55Z Fire in Huachuca Mountains grows to more than 300 acresVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A wildfire burning in Garden Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains has grown and a Type 1 incident management team is expected to take over command of the fire around 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

The Brown Fire began Sunday on the north side of the mountains. 

The Brown Canyon area, west and northwest of Ramsey Canyon, is closed while crews work to control the fire. 

The public is not allowed in the area, or on Forest Service Road 5736, Brown Canyon Ranch Road, and Forest Service trails 115, 116, 117, 122, 123, 129, 103. 

Any violations can be punishable by fines or imprisonment. 

The closure is in effect until May 1. 

Cochise County sheriff's deputies, members of the Sheriff's Assist Team and Arizona Rangers are delivering pre-evacuation information to residents in the Ramsey Canyon area. 

Here are more details on the fire, according to the Coronado National Forest:

Size: 366 acres as of Monday night.

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation.

Containment: Zero percent.

Who’s fighting it: About 160 personnel are working to control the fire. Two hot shot crews are at the scene with three additional crews en route. Several air tankers are dropping fire retardant, two helicopters are dropping water and several fire engines are being used. 

Structures threatened: None.

Fuels burning: The fire is burning in higher-elevation brush and timber.

“The strategy for this operation period is to stop and hold the fire at ridgetops, and burn out below them, to prevent further fire spread,” said a U.S. Forest Service news release.

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