A large brush fire along Ocean Beach Highway near Stella is causing a traffic backup as fire agencies respond and deal with that scene. Cowlitz County Emergency Management says that the fire was first spotted at about 2:05 pm, and was reported to be approaching an acre in size. The highway was shut down between Coal Creek and Mill Creek at about 2:45 pm, and then was re-opened to limited traffic flow at about 3. The fire was fully knocked down at about 3:30 pm. Even as traffic begins to move again, fire crews are still on the scene, so the flow is extremely slow. You’re advised to use an alternate route like Highway 30, or avoid traveling through that area for several hours.