As temperatures warm up, we know it’s only a matter of time before a wildfire breaks out. The latest blaze, the Brown Fire, is located in Southern Arizona near Ramsey Canyon. Winds are expected to kick up today, and residents in the area have already received pre-evacuation notices. As of yesterday, the fire had burned 366 acres and containment was at zero percent. According to the Incident Information System, hotshot crews were on site yesterday constructing fire lines while firefighters scouted contingency lines. Air tankers and helicopters dropped water and fire retardant to minimize the spread. Today, crews will be back out in the area. AZCentral.com reported that the fire is still under investigation but likely was human-caused.
For more information about the Brown Fire, call 520-439-2333 or 800-288-3861. The call center will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the meantime, four of Arizona’s national forests — the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto — have issued fire restrictions. Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart told the Arizona Daily Sun, “We are seeing conditions on the forests that warrant going into fire restrictions earlier than usual. … We could have a long fire season ahead of us, and we need members of the public to work with us to prevent human-caused starts.”