Tag Archives: Deshka Landing Fire

Despite heavy snow melt, Deshka Landing hot spots still smoldering

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office continues to monitor multiple hot spots that overwintered inside the perimeter of the 2019 Deshka Landing Fire near the Nancy Lake Recreation Area south of Willow. Two Mat-Su Area wildland fire technicians checked the area via snowmachine on Friday, April 17 and found 11 small hot spots […]

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McKinley and Deshka Landing Fire Updates Sept 14 2019

Live – McKinley Fire and Deshka Landing Fire updates for Saturday September 14 2019 from Camp LaDaSa

The local Type 3 Alaskan Incident Command Team is working today under the leadership of Incident Commanders Zane Brown and trainee Bryan Quimby.  If you prefer, we post all videos and additional content to support our transparency campaign at our YouTube Channel: tinyurl.com/McKinleyFireYoutube — Sept 14 Fire Update — At 7:00 am on September 14, […]

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Rain brings new challenges for firefighters

Rain showers moved over the Deshka Landing Fire yesterday bringing gusty southerly winds. With suppression activities in place and damp weather conditions, fire behavior has remained minimal but isolated sources of heat persist.  Firefighters continued to methodically search out and extinguish the fire burning under the surface in the southern portion of the fire.  Crews […]

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McKinley Fire Morning Update: 08-30-19 Crews Vigilant for Ash Pits and Falling Trees

Update – Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. Norm McDonald, Incident Commander Acreage: 3,316  Containment: 78%   Personnel: 564   Start Date: 8/17/2019 Firefighters have been helping Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) restore power and remove fire-damaged trees near power lines. They have made major progress this week are very close to having power fully restored. Slow, tedious mop […]

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Part of Nancy Lake State Recreation Area re-opened to public

Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Director Ricky Gease announced today that much of Nancy Lake State Recreation Area has been re-opened to the public as a result of good progress made containing the Deshka Landing Fire. The state recreation area near Willow was closed last week due to danger posed by the fire, […]

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A map showing the location and boundaries of the public access and hunting closure for the Willow Swamp area in Game Management Unit 14A due to the Deshka Landing Fire. For a downloadable PDF version of the map go to

Hunting and public access to Willow Swamp area restricted due to Deshka Landing Fire

Due to the location of the Deshka Landing Fire and related firefighting activity, 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 same area. The two agencies issued the closures […]

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Deshka Landing Fire 15% contained; size reduced by 700 acres due to better mapping

As of Thursday evening, the Deshka Landing Fire is not significantly expanding. The estimated size of the fire has been reduced to 1,543 acres, a decrease of almost 700 acres. The reduced acreage is due to better mapping. The fire is 15% contained. No structures or private land have been involved. Approximately 165 firefighters and […]

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A helicopter transports a sling load of supplies to firefighters working on the Deshka Landing Fire on Tuesday, August 21, 2019. Photo by Alan Hoffmeister/Team 10 Information Officer

Deshka Landing Fire 10 percent contained; community meeting tonight in Willow

The Deshka Landing Fire near Willow has not grown significantly in the last 48 hours and no structures or private land have been involved. The fire size remains estimated at 2,217 acres and the fire is 10 percent contained as of Thursday morning. Approximately 150 firefighters and support personnel are actively engaged in various tasks […]

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Division of Forestry issues emergency burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su Valley

Due to extreme wildfire danger and current wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska, as well as limited resources available to respond to new starts, the Alaska Division of Forestry is instituting an emergency burn closure on state, private, borough and municipal lands within the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs effective at 8:00 a.m. today, August 21, […]

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This map shows the perimeter and location of the 2, 217-acre Deshka Landing Fire in relation to homes and cabins to the east of the fire.

Lighter winds, air support aid firefighters battling Deshka Landing Fire

Calmer weather and aerial support helped firefighters gain ground in taming the Deshka Landing Fire (#736) on Monday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, estimated at 2,217 acres as of Monday afternoon, did not show significant growth on Monday, in large part because high winds from the previous day subsided and allowed […]

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