Due to increased fire activity and concern for firefighter safety, firefighters working on the Deshka Landing Fire (#736) are pulling back and focusing on protecting cabins on Red Shirt Lake and securing the eastern edge of the fire so it doesn’t make a push toward subdivisions on Long Lake Road, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
As of 4:30 p.m., the fire was estimated at approximately 950 acres. The fire is being pushed south by north winds and was approaching the South Rolly Campground. It is unclear at this point whether it has reached the campground or crossed Rolly Creek.
Like the McKinley Fire burning about 20 miles to the north, high winds have intensified fire activity and fire behavior has become extreme.
More information will be published when it becomes available.