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Grizzly Peak Trail system open again

The Bureau of Land Management has reopened the Grizzly Peak Trail system Tuesday afternoon, saying that the five fires that closed the trails last week have been fully contained.

The trail was closed Aug. 11 following a series of lightning-sparked fires in the area, according to BLM and previous reports.

Firefighters continued to gain ground Tuesday on several large fires burning in northeastern Jackson County, but there's still plenty of work to be done on multiple smaller, lightning-sparked blazes across the region.

The Shan Creek fire, burning about 12 miles west of Grants Pass in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, has grown to 400 acres and is about 20 percent contained, according to Oregon Department of Forestry reports. It was spotted Friday, April 11, following a lightning storm the night before, according to ODF spokeswoman Melissa Cano.

The closest houses were about a mile away on Shan Creek Road, but officials had not issued any evacuation advisories, as the flames were pushing to the west and southwest, away from homes. Air and ground resources are working in an area pocked with steep slopes and dense forest.

Crews asked the public avoid Forest Service Road 2706, which is being used for containment purposes.

The Hope Mountain fire, burning about 12 miles southeast of Cave Junction, was about 70 acres in size and 45 percent contained. The closest structure was more than a mile away and was not threatened.

"Neighboring communities can still expect to see drift smoke from the interior portions of the fire as crews work to complete the objectives," a Tuesday bulletin said.

More than 30 other lightning-sparked fires are burning on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, ranging from one-tenth of an acre to 150 acres, according to a news release.

Noteworthy blazes included the 120-acre Credence fire, burning eight miles west of Applegate Reservoir, the 45-acre Ward fire, burning 4 miles southwest of Dutchman Peak, and the 35-acre Bailey Gulch/Burnt Peak fire, about five miles west of Jackson Campground.

The Chetco Bar fire, burning in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness since July 12, was at 5,442 acres, with no containment date given for the fire.

Efforts on other sizable blazes that have been burning since last month are starting to show results.

The High Cascades Complex, which includes seven fires near Crater Lake National Park that have burned more than 10,000 acres, was at 58 percent containment. The majority of the damage has come from the 5,223-acre Blanket Creek fire and the 5,035-acre Spruce Lake fire.

Broken Lookout, a fire burning about five miles west of the junction of highways 230 and 138, was about 25 acres in size with no containment, though officials said minimal growth was expected. The four other fires accounted for about 25 acres and were at full containment.

Measurements put the Flounce fire, about 12 miles northeast of Shady Cove, at about 587 acres. That was down about 100 acres from the previous 690-acre estimate because of favorable weather. Burning since Aug. 7 following a lightning strike, it was at 90 percent containment Tuesday.

"It's looking pretty awesome," Cano said.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.