Brown fire mainly on Ft. Huachuca, difficult terrain an issue - Tucson News Now

Brown Fire mainly on Ft. Huachuca, difficult terrain an issue

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SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It is Day 5 for the Brown wildfire burning outside of Sierra Vista. 

The fire is still at zero percent containment, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. Officials have re-listed the burned area to 240 acres, not the 366 reported on Wednesday, due to a new mapping program.

According to U.S. Forest service officials only eight acres of the fire have burned Forest Service lands, the remaining acreage is on military property. 

A Ft. Huachuca spokesperson said the military routinely conducts controlled burns to prevent fires like this one, but weather conditions prevented them from doing one this year. 

The military is working closely with fire crews and providing support for the more than 400 personnel fighting the fire.  Hot shot crews are working at an elevation of 8,000 feet in the Huachuca Mountains.  Clay Templin, incident commander has said the fire is in a bowl in the mountains and the biggest concern for the firefighters is the terrain. 

"The footing for the guys is a concern for us," Templin said. "We are a month from the normal time of fires like this, in some ways it doesn't burn clean."

Fire officials have confirmed the fire was human caused.

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