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GVFD personnel on scene to fight Brown Fire

Green Valley Fire District personnel are helping battle the Brown Fire in the Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Green Valley. The fire had burned 15,240 acres as of Tuesday evening and was 30 percent contained.

Two water-tender trucks and their operators from GVFD have remained on scene since reporting to the site north of Sasabe on Saturday. The fire ignited at about 4:30 p.m. Friday and is believed to be human-caused.

Tuesday’s strategies included limiting the fire’s progress on the northwest flank; operations on the fire’s west flank helped complete the fire line above Las Delicias Ranch on Monday.

By the latest report, efforts involve 230 personnel including the Craig Hotshots, three Arizona State Fire crews, six engine crews and four helicopters.

The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain in Bureau of Land Management wilderness, parts of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, state forestry-managed land, private and Tohono O’odham Nation lands. An uninhabited structure and one outbuilding were destroyed the first day.

Fire officials are working closely with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance to minimize impact to natural habitat and area ranches. Ground and air operations continue to be challenged by the heat and inaccessible terrain.