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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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Deshka Landing Fire estimated at 1,800 acres; air tankers and helicopters making retardant and water drops

The Deshka Landing Fire (#736) was estimated at 1,800 acres as of Monday morning and firefighters are working to protect cabins on Red Shirt Lake should the fire reach that far south. Air tankers are currently making strategic retardant drops around the perimeter of the fire to create containment lines to help slow the spread […]

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McKinley Fire update: Fire still burning on both sides of Parks Highway; evacuations still in effect

The McKinley Fire (#738) is currently estimated at approximately 3,000 acres and the Alaska Division of Forestry is still working to contain active fire on both sides of the Parks Highway between miles 86 to 91. The Parks Highway is currently open to one-lane traffic with pilot cars leading vehicles through the fire area from […]

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Parks Highway Update 8 a.m.: Road open to one-lane traffic with pilot cars but could close at any point

PARkS HIGHWAY UPDATE 8 A.M. The Parks Highway is currently open to one-lane traffic with pilot cars between mileposts 71 and 99. Motorists should expect long delays and be aware that the road could be closed at any point due to ongoing fire activity on the McKinley Fire. Please be patient and drive carefully. There […]

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Smoke from the McKinley Fire billows in front of a line of traffic delayed along the Parks Highway.

Evacuations ordered for both sides of Parks Highway from mileposts 82 to 91 after McKinley Fire jumps, closes road

The McKinley Fire (#738)  has jumped from the east to the west side the Parks Highway near Mile 88 and the Alaska Division of Forestry has ordered an evacuation for both sides of the highway from mileposts 82 to 91. All residents in that area should leave their homes immediately. Additional evacuations are anticipated and […]

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Map of the evacuation area for McKinley Fire on Aug. 17, 2019.

State forestry still working to contain wildfires near Talkeetna and Willow; no structures lost, evacuations in place, highway open

More firefighters have arrived to help the Alaska Division of Forestry work on containing two wildfires burning about 20 miles apart on opposite sides of the Parks Highway near Willow and Talkeetna. The McKinley Fire (#738) is burning near Mile 91 on the east side of the Parks Highway while the Deshka Landing Fire (#736) […]

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An aerial photo of the Deshka Landing Fire (#736). Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry

Parks Highway re-opened as state forestry battles two wildfires in Mat-Su Valley

10 p.m. Update – This will be the final update of the evening. For highway information, go to 511.Alaska.gov. Firefighters continue to work furiously to contain two wildfires burning about 20 miles apart on the opposite side of the Parks Highway, one of which temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 88 to 93. As of […]

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Nearly 60 firefighters attacking wildfire on Teklanika River southwest of Fairbanks

The Fairbanks Area Forestry office mobilized approximately 40 additional firefighters on Tuesday to assist in attacking a wildfire burning along the Teklanika River southwest of Fairbanks. The Teklanika Fire (#651) is located on the east bank of the Teklanika River approximately 70 miles southwest of Fairbanks and 12 miles west of the Parks Highway near […]

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Firefighters still mopping up Malaspina and Montana Creek fires near Talkeetna

Firefighters continue mopping up two wildfires that started within tour days and 2 miles of each other near Talkeetna three weeks ago. An infrared flight over the 367-Montana Creek Fire (#469) and 83-acre Malaspina Fire (#491) on Saturday revealed two hot spots on the Montana Creek Fire but no other areas of concern. Those two […]

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Kobe Fire south of Anderson now 40 percent contained

Firefighters continue making headway in containing the Kobe Fire burning about 10 miles south of the community of Anderson just west of the Parks Highway near Mile 275. The latest estimate puts the fire at 896 acres, a reduction of about 150 acres as a result of more accurate mapping. The fire is 40 percent […]

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