USA — Fire officials in Kodiak say a barbecue pit is a possible cause of a grass fire that torched 40 acres and caused an estimated $1 million in damage to oil spill cleanup supplies, fishing gear and small boats.
The fire began Sunday afternoon near South Russian Road and Cottonwood Circle. It was contained about five hours later.
The most expensive damage was to two cargo containers that held pure activated carbon, used to separate oil from water in oil spills. The material is sensitive to heat.
Bayside Fire Department Chief Bob Himes estimates equipment in each trailer was worth $400,000.
The fire did not cause injuries or damage homes, but fire crews asked homeowners within a quarter mile to stay indoors or evacuate because of the risk of an explosion.