Terrain Satellite
Deshka Landing
22.9 mi
NW of Knik, AK
10 months
total burn time
Last Updated:
9 months ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Saturday, August 17, 2019 12:00 PM AKDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 months ago

The Deshka Landing Fire began on August 17 about 5 miles southwest of Willow, Alaska. It was a human-caused fire which spread rapidly to the south with a strong wind event. Initial attack involved smoke jumpers aided by two Alaska hand crews, the Tanana Chiefs and the Gannett Glacier Crew.

On August 21, management of the fire was transferred to Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 10 under the leadership of Alan Lawson. The fire reached 95 percent containment at a size of 1,318 acres on September 1.

On September 9, management of the fire was returned to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area Forestry Office.

This Inciweb site will not be actively updated after September 9. For ongoing online status of the fire, follow http://akfireinfo.com or call the Alaska Interagency Wildfire Information Office at: 907-356-5511.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Saturday August 17th, 2019 approx. 08:00 PM
Five miles southwest of Willow, Alaska
Incident Commander:
Alaska Division of Forestry Mat-Su Area
61.712, -150.176

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday December 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber, brush, and short grass. Beetle killed spruce and mixed hardwoods.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Patrol, repair, and clean up.
All of the fire area has met the 300-foot mop up objectives except for one small area where safety concerns prohibit crews from getting in very far. This area will be closely monitored until a season-ending rain event.
Transition of fire management to local unit is expected to take place on Monday, 9/9 at 4 p.m. Crews will leave the fire on Monday.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office
Email: tim.mowry@alaska.gov
Phone: 907-356-5511
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Mat-Su Area
101 Airport Road Palmer Alaska 99645
Palmer, AK 99645