8/18 10:45am —
From Alaska State Division of Forestry: https://akfireinfo.com/
Deshka Fire Update:
This is an update for property owners at Red Shirt Lake and the surrounding area.
As of this morning, the Division of Forestry has informed me that the Deshka Fire near Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is still actively burning, but has been held near Rolly Creek approximately ½ mile from South Rolly campground. Weather forecasts are forecasting that the winds will pick up again today so therefore people currently at Red Shirt Lake and the surrounding areas are instructed to evacuate the area out of an abundance of caution.
Nancy Lake Parkway will be closed at mile 2.2 (the Winter trailhead) to prevent people from going into the fire area and to allow firefighting crews to bring equipment in. Individuals should be able to hike out from Red Shirt lake on the Red Shirt Lake trail and access parked cars at the Red Shirt Lake trailhead. Vehicles will be able to leave the park at the barricades at mile 2.2.
The Lynx Lake gate at mile 4 of Lynx Lake Rd. will be unlocked and open to allow individuals to leave the Lynx Lake and Butterfly Lake areas.
Please begin moving out of the area until the Division of Forestry can contain the fire.
Additional updates will be made as they become available.
8/18, 7:45am —
As of 10:00pm these are the wildland fires in the Mat-Su Borough, and their status:
Pittman Fire (Carriage Lane)
Uncontained - Resources on scene
Mi. 90 Parks Fire
Lucky Shot Trail Fire (Willow)
Finger Lake Fire
There have also been two structure fires (house fires) one in Talkeetna one in Wasilla, both have been extinguished.