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Brown Fire in southern Arizona grows to 366 acres

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — A top-level federal management team is taking over
control of a blaze burning in the Huachuca Mountains in
southeastern Arizona.

Low humidity, high winds and an ongoing drought are testing firefighters
battling the Brown Fire. The 366-acre wildfire is burning timber and grass in
steep, rugged terrain in the mountains overlooking Sierra Vista.

No structures are threatened by the fire but authorities are putting residents
on notice that they might have to evacuate.

Fire crews were helicoptered in Tuesday to construct fire lines on a ride to
keep the blaze from escaping a bowl in a canyon. They were aided by air tankers
dropping fire retardant and helicopters dropping water.

Officials say the fire was human-caused but remains under investigation.

A public meeting is scheduled Tuesday evening in Hereford.

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