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Rainie Falls Trail closed due to fires

The Rainie Falls Trail and land to the south is closed due to fire activity. [BLM file photo]
Public asked to avoid Galice Road

The popular Rainie Falls Trail along the Rogue River northwest of Grants Pass is closed due to wildfire activity in the area, federal Bureau of Land Management officials announced Friday afternoon.

The closure order affects the trail, which runs on the south side of the river, along with land south of the trail.

The public cannot enter the closed area, and all uses — including hiking, hunting and dispersed camping — are prohibited until further notice, BLM officials said.

The BLM is encouraging recreational boaters to avoid the river from Hellgate Canyon downstream to Grave Creek. If that is not possible, boaters should take out at the Rand Recreation Area.

The BLM is asking the public to avoid Galice Road and the Grave Creek area in order to help protect firefighters and first responders. Galice Road is a narrow, winding road with limited visibility around corners and steep drop-offs. Firefighter and first responder access is the BLM’s top priority.

A recent lightning storm sparked 40 fires in Josephine County, including the Hog Creek Fire north of Merlin and the Rum Creek Fire north of Galice.

Weather and fuel conditions remain favorable for fire starts. Nearby residents and any visitors to the area are encouraged to check with local emergency officials for the latest information on fire restrictions and evacuations.

A list of personal use restrictions and closure orders in the region are available at blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.