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Deshka Landing Fire

Unit Information

Mat-Su Area
101 Airport Road Palmer Alaska 99645
Palmer, AK 99645

This incident is no longer being updated.

Map of Deshka Landing  Fire as of September 8Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Deshka Landing Fire began on August 17 about 5 miles southwest of Willow, Alaska. It was a human-caused fire which spread rapidly to the south with a strong wind event. Initial attack involved smoke jumpers aided by two Alaska hand crews, the Tanana Chiefs and the Gannett Glacier Crew.

On August 21, management of the fire was transferred to Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 10 under the leadership of Alan Lawson. The fire reached 95 percent containment at a size of 1,318 acres on September 1.

On September 9, management of the fire was returned to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area Forestry Office.

This Inciweb site will not be actively updated after September 9. For ongoing online status of the fire, follow or call the Alaska Interagency Wildfire Information Office at: 907-356-5511.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 17th, 2019 approx. 08:00 PM
LocationFive miles southwest of Willow, Alaska
Incident CommanderAlaska Division of Forestry Mat-Su Area
Coordinates61.712 latitude, -150.176 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,318 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Timber, brush, and short grass. Beetle killed spruce and mixed hardwoods.

Significant Events


Planned Actions

Patrol, repair, and clean up.


All of the fire area has met the 300-foot mop up objectives except for one small area where safety concerns prohibit crews from getting in very far. This area will be closely monitored until a season-ending rain event.

Transition of fire management to local unit took place on Monday, 9/9 at 4 p.m.