2,217-acre Deshka Landing Fire now one-half mile from cabins

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska Division of Forestry says help will arrive late Tuesday in the form of three hotshot crews from the Lower 48 that will be flying into Alaska, as well as another helicopter that will be used for water drops and logistical support to transport crews and supplies. Another two crews are expected to arrive from the Lower 48 on Wednesday.

A Type 2 team from the Pacific Northwest will arrive in Alaska Tuesday and will likely take command of the fire sometime on Wednesday.

According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, the fire is 2,217 acres. Officials say the fire did not show significant growth on Monday, in large part because high winds from the previous day subsided and allowed aircraft to drop retardant and water at strategic points around the fire.

Air tankers made several retardant drops on the western flank of the fire to keep it from spreading toward the Susitna River while helicopter water drops also helped take some of the steam out of the fire. Strong north winds on Sunday limited the use of aircraft and pushed the fire to the south and west, forcing firefighters to pull back because of extreme fire behavior.

So far, managers say that no structures have been burned, other than a hunting camp with some tent platforms and blue tarps. Managers are continuing to prepare residents on the north side of Red Shirt Lake, where about 45 cabins are located. The fires are currently about one-half mile from the structures on the lake.

The Nancy Lake Parkway is closed at Mile 1.3. Hunters are asked to check before hunting in the Willow Swamp area. The majority of the fire is located in the area commonly accessed by Deshka Landing Road and Beryozova Drive and fire managers are asking hunters to avoid the area.

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