Bear Camp Road reopens as Big Windy Complex nears containment

After being closed for more than a month because of the Big Windy Complex fire, Bear Camp Road reopened today along the lower Rogue River.

The 50-mile road linking Galice with Gold Beach is heavily used by recreational drivers and as a shuttle route by those floating the whitewater on the Wild and Scenic stretch of the river.

However, officials warn the road could be closed again if the fire flares up. All U.S. Bureau of Land Management roads off Bear Camp Road remain closed.

In addition, the Burnt Ridge Road is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to Forest Road 33 as is the Marial Access Road and the road from Grave Creek to Marial,

Camping is allowed on the north side of the Rogue River from Montgomery Creek to Quail Creek. Camping remains closed on the south side of that stretch of river.

The 24,253-acre Big Windy Complex fire some 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass is now 87 percent contained.

It has cost $33.9 million thus far to fight the fire ignited by lightning on July 26, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry

The department reports that The 48,679-acre, lightning-caused Douglas Complex burning two miles north of Glendale is 95 percent contained. Mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation continue around the 127-mile perimeter.

— Paul Fattig

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