Firefighters boat in to protect Zane Grey cabin on Rogue River

Firefighters boat in to protect Zane Grey cabin on Rogue River
The smoke-filled Rogue River corridor

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Western author Zane Grey built a cabin on the Rogue River in 1926.

The cabin, which now belongs to the public, still stands today - and will be around for years to come if firefighters have anything to say about it.

Crews battling the Big Windy Complex of fires expected to finish work protecting the cabin and another lodge along the Rogue River.

Firefighters took a boat to reach the Black Bar Lodge and Zane Grey cabin, according to a fire briefing.

The 3,703-acre fire remains uncontained. Steep terrain and extremely dry vegetation has made the fire difficult to fight, fire managers said.

"The only opportunity to control the fire is indirect attack utilizing existing roads and ridgetops," fire bosses said in a briefing.

The fire - really three fires burning in close proximity to one another - has forced land managers to close the Rogue River trail to hikers and the river itself to boaters. >>> CLOSURE MAPS