Officials say good progress on Deshka Landing fire

Oregon Hand Crew Hikes Off Fireline - Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Officials fighting the fire say fire crews have made good progress in fighting the Deshka landing fire over the last few days. Crews are mopping up the northern edge of the fire, however the southern edge is continuing to burn heavily because of dense timber and brush.

Falling trees, weakened by the fire, pose a hazard not only to the people fighting the fires, but also to nearby power lines, roads, and railroad tracks. According to officials, today crews started using heavy equipment to help prevent those trees from causing as much damage.

Officials say they continue to focus on preventing the fire from spreading into developed areas. Structure protection crews are active in the Red Shirt Lake area, and they expect to have the area covered within the next few days.

There are currently no evacuation orders, however, Nancy Lake State Recreation and the Red Shirt Lake areas are closed to recreation, hunting, and public use.

There will be a community meeting at Willow Elementary School on Sunday at 3pm to discuss updated information on the Deshka Landing Fire.

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