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  • Wildfire closes part of Rogue River Trail

  • Three miles of the Rogue River Trail between Grave Creek and Whisky Creek has been closed this week as wildfire crews battle a blaze there.
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  • Three miles of the Rogue River Trail between Grave Creek and Whisky Creek has been closed this week as wildfire crews battle a blaze there.
    Hikers and anglers planning to work their way down the north side of the Rogue River to Rainie Falls were turned away beginning Monday. Also, signs of the closure were put up this week at the Rogue River Ranch, which is about 22 miles downstream from Grave Creek.
    However, the Rainie Falls Trail and area roads west of Merlin have remained open as wildland crews fight the 15-acre fire on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.
    Three crews, two helicopters and several engines have been assigned to the fire. Helicopters are removing water from the Rogue with buckets during firefighting efforts, so rafters and others in the area need to be careful.
    The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to the BLM.
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