We rowed the Rogue Aug 15-18 and it was one of the most memorable summer trips I've had there. Our put in day was the last of the quiet launch days before groups got their trips reorganized and rescheduled following the opening. There were only 5 groups and around 30 people total launching that day
Glad to see fire doing its thing in the Rogue canyon. From my observations, talking to fire crews, and following the Big Windy Complex on Inciweb, this has been primarily a low intensity fire consuming ground fuels and brush, with limited torching on trees. We saw 12 bears, all just being bears, foraging for berries, etc. Also saw numerous river otters. There were clusters of firefighter activity at Lower Horseshoe Bend, Winkle Bar, and Mule Creek. I second the other comments about thinking through your trip schedule and campsite selection - with many campsites closed, it changes the use pattern. No wood fires, no charcoal fires allowed right now. Flow was 1820 cfs at Grants Pass. Middle Chute at Rainey Falls was perfect level! Carnage at Blossom Bar with a spectacular raft wrap (nobody hurt), yard sale of gear floating on down the river.