Tillamook State Forest wildfire burns 35 acres

Wildfire burning in Tillamook State Forest

TILLAMOOK FOREST, Ore. -- A wildfire in the Tillamook State Forest has burned about 35 acres northwest of Banks.

The fire began late Saturday afternoon and burned overnight. About 60 firefighters were fighting the flames and wind. There was a helicopter dropping water and two bulldozers to help get a line around the flames Saturday night.

Firefighters say they don't know the exact cause of the fire, but believe someone started it.

"We don't mine recreating in the forest. You just have to be careful," Kelly Niles of the Oregon Division of Forestry said.

It's early in the year for this kind of fire.

"This is probably three weeks to a month ahead of time before we would see conditions that would probably give us something like," Niles said.

The Tillamook State Forest fire is likely a taste of what firefighters will be dealing with all summer.

"Most of the fires we have happen out here are not from lightning, they're from people," Niles said. "If we're already seeing this now with the conditions we have, I'm very nervous and very concerned."

The dug-in lines held overnight, although firefighters aren't ready to say the fire is contained. They are hoping the winds stay calm as they battle the blaze.

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