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Crews battle a new wildfire in the Tillamook State Forest

A wildfire burning in the Tillamook State Forest is visible from Highway 6, according to state officials.

KATU in Portland reported yesterday that the Cedar Butte Fire, as it’s now called, is currently about 25 to 30 acres in scope. It’s located 18 miles east of Tillamook and north of Highway 6.

Both helicopters and bulldozers have been allocated to the wildfire. The Oregon Department of Forestry says there are also contract and adult-in-custody crews battling the blaze.

Hagg Lake was closed yesterday to allow firefighting aircraft to pick up water to fight flames. Last month, access was also temporarily closed to the public so planes could pick up water as crews battled the Game Hog Creek Fire.

As of yesterday, there were no evacuations associated with the Cedar Butte Fire.

Gordon McCraw, former Tillamook County Emergency Manager, said yesterday that Tillamook County Emergency Management and the Port of Tillamook Bay were supporting firefighting efforts, since aircraft used to fight the fire are using Tillamook Airport to refuel.

ODF put in a special request for extra fuel to the port yesterday, for an extra 4,000 gallons of fuel through the Oregon Emergency Response System and Oregon Emergency Management.