Air tankers, including a DC-10 large air tanker have been dropping retardant to slow the growth of a 96-acre fire in the Huachuca Mountains.

The Brown Fire, burning in timber and brush on ridgetops at the north end of the Huachuca Mountains, was reported Sunday afternoon. 

On Monday, helicopters shuttled firefighters to the blaze. The goal, according to Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel, is to keep the fire from spreading into lower elevations of the mountains and toward populated areas.

No structures are threatened at this time, the Forest Service said.

"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 Forest Service news release.

Aircraft continued to drop retardant and water on the blaze today to slow its spread as firefighters worked to contain it.

Contact reporter Tom Beal at or 573-4158.