BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers traveled more than 600 miles Thursday from Fairbanks to the eastern Aleutian Chain responding to the Danger Point Fire (#074) near Sand Point on Popof Island. The Sand Point Police Department reported the wildland fire burning in grass and brush two miles east of town. Eight firefighters parachuted near the fire, then worked in the steep coastal terrain, cutting a fireline for containment. They successfully stopped the forward progression of the wind-driven fire, keeping it from reaching the landfill, a concern of Sand Point residents. The evening report estimated the fire at 40 acres with 50% containment. The smokejumpers will continue extinguishing hot spots and securing the perimeter of the fire today.
Conditions continue to be very dry and windy in many areas of southcentral and southwest Alaska. Please be careful in all of your outdoor activities, it just takes one spark.