PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 40-mile backpacking trail through the Rogue River Canyon has been reopened, another sign fire crews are gaining ground in southwestern Oregon.
The national recreation trail from Grave Creek to Illahe (IL'-uh-hee) was closed as crews worked the Big Windy fire. Fire managers said Wednesday that hikers could get back on it.
The Bureau of Land Management says that, typically, hiking trips take four to five days. The trail is closed to vehicles, bicycles and pack animals.
Earlier, rafters were allowed back on the wild and scenic stretch of the Rogue. The main shuttle route, the Bear Camp Road, remains closed, however.
At the Whiskey Complex in the Umpqua National Forest, three campgrounds are to reopen for the Labor Day Weekend: Ash Flat, South Umpqua Falls and Cover.