Rainie Falls Trail closed due to fires – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Rainie Falls trail and land to the south are closed due to fire activity. [BLM file photo]

Public urged to avoid Galicia Road

The popular Rainie Falls Trail along the Rogue River northwest of Grants Pass is closed due to wildfires in the area, federal Office of Land Management officials said Friday afternoon.

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

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

The BLM encourages boaters to avoid the Hellgate Canyon River below Grave Creek. If this is not possible, boaters should exit at Rand Recreation Area.

The BLM is asking the public to avoid Galice Road and the Grave Creek area to help protect firefighters and first responders. Galice Road is a narrow, winding road with limited visibility on bends and steep drop-offs. Access for firefighters and first responders is BLM’s top priority.

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

Weather and fuel conditions remain favorable for fire outbreaks. Nearby residents and all 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 shutdown orders in the area is available at blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.