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Cedar Butte Fire expands; crews reach 10 percent containment Thursday

The Cedar Butte Fire continues to burn approximately 18 miles east of Tillamook off Highway 6 near Cedar Butte Road.  The fire has grown from 50 to approximately 60 acres. The fire is burning largely in slash in a recent harvest unit on State Forest land and does not pose a threat to any structures.  

Crews are making good progress given the hot and dry conditions. Ground crews, helicopters and tanker planes continue to fight the fire.

Increasing afternoon winds yesterday complicated fire behavior, and caused crews to focus firefighting efforts on the northeast corner of the fire. Yesterday, the fire was estimated at 10% containment.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  

The public is advised to avoid Cedar Butte Road, and traveling beyond Cedar Butte junction with Muesial Creek Road.