It was a day of celebration and hard work on Taylor Creek Fire west of Grants Pass on Tuesday.

Progress on the 42,000 acre blaze allowed reopening a popular section of the Rogue River, but firefighters also faced a major fight to keep the fire from spreading north into remote country.

“There is a lot going on with this fire right now,” fire spokesman Kale Casey said.

On the positive side, the reopening of about 7 miles of the Rogue River between Hog Creek and Galice — including iconic Hellgate Canyon — was a major victory. The Merlin-Galice Road and most river access points, including Indian Mary Park, Robertson Bridge and many others, also reopened.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal.