Brown Fire grows to 15,350 acres, now at 80 percent contained

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 7:46 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 24, 2016 at 2:28 AM MST
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Crews working to battle the Brown Fire. (Source: USFS/AZ State Forestry)
Crews working to battle the Brown Fire. (Source: USFS/AZ State Forestry)
Helicopters aiding in fighting the Brown Fire. (Source: USFS/AZ State Forestry)
Helicopters aiding in fighting the Brown Fire. (Source: USFS/AZ State Forestry)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Brown Fire, southwest of Tucson in the Baboquivari Mountains has burned 15,350 acres, according to Arizona State Forestry officials. Fire officials on the Brown Fire expect containment to reach 80 percent at the end of shift Thursday.

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The wildfire, believed to be human-caused saw moderate growth on Sunday, June 19 due to the extreme high temperatures in the area. It is burning Arizona State lands, the Fish and Wildlife Service Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, as well as BLM, private, and Tohono O'odham Nation lands.

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One uninhabited building and one out building were burned when the fire began on June 17, according to Arizona State Forestry officials, no other structures are currently under threat from the fire.

Several more fire crews have been released as officials expect to transition to a Type 4 Incident by Saturday.

The investigation into the start of the fire is ongoing.

The Baboquivari Mountains are about 25 miles southwest of Three Points.

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