Deshka Landing Fire growing in size and intensity; firefighters pull back to protect structures

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.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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