Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504
Bear Camp Road System Remains Closed to General Public:
Rafting Traffic, Residents of Agness and Galice Allowed Through
Southwest OR – Effective at noon on September 10, 2018, those with valid permits and/or authorization may travel on Bear Camp Road. Bear Camp Road remains closed to general public travel due to Klondike Fire activity.Bear Camp Road (Forest Road 23) is the most common route traveled for the shuttle drivers for Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River visitors, providing a shorter alternative to the Highway 199-to-Highway 101 route. The current closure includes the Peavine Road system. Exceptions for through traffic have been provided for the following:
· Residents of Agness and Galice, Oregon, may continue to use the road to access their residences and will be asked to provide photo identification at checkpoints.
· Traffic associated with recreational activities on the Wild portion of the Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River is allowed to continue using Bear Camp Road. This includes commercial fishing and rafting guides, noncommercial boaters and rafters, and shuttle services. A copy of the river permit or special use authorization will be required at checkpoints, and will be provided by the Smullin Visitor Center in Randwhen boaters pick up their permit. Questions about this can be directed to the Smullin Visitor Center at (541) 479-3735.
· Those who work at Black Bar Lodge are allowed access to the lodge via Bear Camp Road.
Agency officials closed the road for the safety of both the public and fire personnel who continue their suppression efforts, including firing operations that utilize Bear Camp Road as a contingency line. Weather conditions this week are limiting planned firing operations. A return to more favorable conditions this coming weekend could see the road closed to all non-fire traffic once again and firing operations resuming. Know Before You Go: Those hoping to utilize Bear Camp Road for travel are encouraged to be aware of any closures or fire restrictions that may affect their travel plans. Information regarding Forest closures, fire danger, fire restrictions, and active fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest can be found on the RRSNF’s website. The public can also get regular updates by following the RRSNF on Facebook and Twitter. The Klondike Fire Inciweb page and information line (541-247-6789) remain the best way for visitors to check on the fire’s status and to receive the most up-to-date fire information. Both the Forest Service and the BLM recognize the economic impact of the 2018 wildfires to the businesses and local communities of southwest Oregon, and are making efforts to alleviate those impacts where it is safe and prudent to do so. Additionally, as fire suppression efforts continue, agencies are working diligently to re-open areas as soon as safely possible to minimize socioeconomic impacts.