Firefighters report little growth on Deshka Landing Fire; containment at 5 percent

Initial Attack Incident Commander Tamar Young, seated in middle, briefs Cary Neu, incoming Division Supervisor with the NW Incident Management Team #10, seated on left, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 as management of the fire transitions to the new team. Photo by Alan Hoffmeister/Team 10 Information Officer

Initial Attack Incident Commander Tamar Young, seated in middle, briefs Cary Neu, incoming Division Supervisor with the NW Incident Management Team #10, seated on left, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 as management of the fire transitions to the new team. Photo by Alan Hoffmeister/Team 10 Information Officer

The Deshka Landing Fire has not grown significantly in the last 24 hours. The fire is currently estimated at 2,217 acres and is 5% contained.

As of Wednesday morning, no structures have burned. The fire is creeping very slowly to the south and is approximately 1 mile from the north end of Red Shirt Lake. New firefighting crews from the Lower 48 are arriving to use hand tools and water pumps to arrest any further spread to the south.

Approximately 40 firefighters have been actively engaged in limiting the fire’s spread using direct tactics assisted by water and retardant drops by aircraft. Today, an Interagency Incident Management Team from the northwestern states under the leadership of Incident Commander Alan Lawson will be taking over management of the fire.  They will be assisted by four 20-person crews to support fireline construction.

A map showing the perimeter of the Deshka Landing Fire as of Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019.

A map showing the perimeter of the Deshka Landing Fire as of Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019. For a downloadable PDF version of the map, go to Deshka Landing Fire PDF Map 8-21-19.

Today’s efforts are focused on the south and eastern flanks of the fire building line directly on the fire’s edge and using pumps and hoses to get water where it’s needed to mop up hot spots.

Because of the remote location, helicopters are bringing supplies and meals to firefighters camping out near the fire.

More information is available at:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6532/

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