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SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Residents in the area of Ramsey Canyon are concerned that the Brown wildfire is still burning. 

They still have fresh memories of the damage of the Monument Fire, which burned about 30,000 acres in 2011. 

According to the U.S. Forest Service the Brown Fire is much smaller at this point, only 240 acres have burned.  New mapping programs have determined the wildfire has burned 240 acres, not the original 366 acres reported on Wednesday. 

Thursday morning, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office and Sierra Vista Police officers will be going door-to-door to talk with residents in the Ramsey Canyon area.  They want to give those residents pre-evacuation information. 

On Wednesday night residents were given an update on the Brown Fire, many of them received their pre-evacuation notices and have begun the process of preparing for the worst.

Some residents spent Wednesday clearing brush from around their property and homes.

"You can't prepare.  I have a small suitcase packed and some papers, important papers and that's it. You know, I just have to see what happens," said Shirlene Desantis, a resident of Ramsey Canyon. 

Fire officials have confirmed the fire was human caused.  At Wednesday evening's meeting residents were told by officials that they have questioned a person of interest, but have not named a suspect. 

Another community meeting has tentatively been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

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