A national crew is taking over control of firefighting efforts on the Brown Fire, currently burning southwest of Sierra Vista in the Huachuca Mountains.
A Type One incident management team will now be coordinating firefighting efforts on the blaze, which consumed more than 350 acres since it sparked Sunday.
Heide Schewell, who is with the Coronado National Forest, said she handed off control of the fire to the team because it has potential to destroy homes and businesses.
"A Type-1 incident management team is typically called in when an incident is escalating in size and/or complexity," she said. "The complexity in this case is that there are communities at risk that could be threatened.”
The fire is burning near Ramsey Canyon, which is home to a handful of cabins and businesses, including the Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve.
About 240 personnel are currently fighting the fire, which is burning in a bowl at the top of Scheelite Canyon.
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