Emergency Responders Battle Tundra Fire

Saturday, May 18 2013

Pipa Escalante/KUCB

Firefighters responded to a fast-spreading tundra fire along the S-curves on Airport Beach Road Saturday afternoon.

The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. on a hilltop owned by the Ounalashka Corporation, next to the Dutch Harbor post office and Gas 'n' Go. No buildings were damaged, and no injuries were reported. But more than 100,000 square feet, or two acres of tundra and grass burned up.

Rick Miller is the Ounalashka Corporation's CEO. He was at the scene to survey the damage, and he says that the corporation didn't have anything stored on the part of the lot that burned.

Fire chief Abner Hoage says the cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet. As of 8 p.m. Saturday night, firefighters were still on the hill, putting out small flareups.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Lauren Rosenthal on Sunday, May 19 2013:

Thanks for pointing that out! I've posted the burn damage in acres, for comparison.

Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation! on Sunday, May 19 2013:

Two and a quarter acres.

Tim on Sunday, May 19 2013:

I can not visualize 100,000 square feet. Is that alot of land? I do know what one acre and 40 acres looks like.

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