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Deshka Landing Fire

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

Deshka Landing Fire Update - August 24th - 9:00 a.m.

Deshka Landing Fire Wildfire
News – 8/24/2019

Deshka Landing Fire Update - August 24, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Alan Lawson – Incident Commander

Dave Leitch – Deputy Incident Commander

Fire Information: (509) 207-9112 Email:

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Acreage: 1,543 Containment: 20% Personnel: 208 Cause: Under Investigation

The Deshka Landing Fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Willow, Alaska in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough within the Alaska Division of Forestry, Mat-Su area. The wind-driven fire started on August 17, 2019.

CURRENT SITUATION: Good progress has been made over the last few days on the fire. The northern half of the fire is in very good shape. Crews continue to conduct suppression activities along the perimeter and are making good progress at mopping up the edges. The southern part of the fire is in very heavy timber and brush. Building line is very slow and dangerous due to falling live and dead trees. We will begin to use heavy equipment today to speed up the process and further protect firefighters. Public and firefighter safety remains our highest priority. Our suppression efforts continue to be focused on keeping the fire from expanding into private land and developed areas.

Firefighters are providing structure protection in the Red Shirt Lake area south of the fire by reducing fuel around structures and setting up pumps and laying hose around structures. The northern three miles of lake shore have been treated. Operations personnel anticipate completing work in that area over the next few days.


A community meeting will be held in the Willow Elementary School on Sunday, August 25th at 3:00 p.m. The public will be updated on current fire information for the Deshka Landing Fire.

CLOSURE ORDERS: Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is closed to recreation and hunting. Hunters are being urged to stay away from the fire are. In order to protect firefighters, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed a portion of Game Management Unit 14A to hunting and the Department of Natural Resources has restricted all public access to State lands in the area. For more on the closure, go to:

The Red Shirt Lake area has been closed for recreational and public use. A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) is in place over the fire area which includes the north half of Red Shirt Lake. Access for homeowners is only allowed through the southern portion of the lake.

EVACUATIONS: There are no evacuation orders in affect at this point. Residents living to the east and south of the fire are urged to be prepared for evacuation if conditions change.


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