ODF News – Tillamook State Forest: Cedar Butte Fire Morning Update for Thursday, August 12, 2021

TILLAMOOK, Ore.- The Cedar Butte Fire burning west of Highway 6 up Cedar Butte Road is currently estimated at 50 acres. The fire is burning entirely on Tillamook State Forest ground in a unit that completed timber harvest last month.
Favorable conditions last night allowed for crews to make progress reinforcing fire lines. This morning, two Type II helicopters and two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) will be working to control the fire from the air and over 100 personnel are on the ground working to reinforce containment lines and prevent the fire from spreading into adjacent timber. Investigators are on sight and the cause is under investigation at this time.

Cedar Butte Fire, Tillamook State Forest, August 11, 2021 – Photo by Don Backman

Weather forecast today calls for partly cloudy skies with haze and areas of smoke. Highs are forecast to hit triple digits with light westerly winds 2-5mph.

The public is advised to avoid Cedar Butte Road, including the Cedar Butte Road Bridge over the Wilson River which is a popular local swimming and diving destination.

Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) dropping water on the Cedar Butte Fire. Photo by Don Backman

ODF would like to thank the Washington County Parks Department for their assistance in securing Hagg Lake for aerial operations, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office for maintaining access for fire personnel at the Cedar Butte Road Bridge, and the Port of Tillamook Bay for accommodating firefighting aircraft.