Deshka Landing Fire update: fire is 15% contained

Oregon Hand Crew Hikes Off Fireline - Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska Division of Forestry says 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.

A member of the Prineville Hotshots swats flames with a spruce bough on the Deshka Landing Fire on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Photo by Mike McMillan/Alaska Division of Forestry

Fire officials say no structures or private land have been burned. About 165 firefighters and support personnel continue to be actively engaged in various tasks to limit the fire’s spread using direct tactics assisted by water and retardant aircraft.

The fire continues to slowly burn on land administered by the State of Alaska and has moved onto the Nancy Lakes State Recreation Area.

A member of the Prineville Hotshots sprays a hotspot on Deshka Landing Fire near Willow on Thursday, August 22. Photo by Mike McMillan/Alaska Division of Forestry

One of the issues facing firefighters is the danger from falling trees in the forested areas. With the extremely dry conditions, the fire is moving into the root systems of both live and dead trees and trees are falling over.

There are no evacuation orders in affect at this point.

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