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Fire Disrupts Rafters On Rogue River

Firefighters are mopping up a small fire burning near the start of the popular wild section of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that rafters were temporarily stopped from putting on the river Monday, while helicopters were dipping water out of the river.

But it was back to business as usual on Tuesday, with rafters sharing the Grave Creek boat ramp with water trucks filling up.

However, hikers on the Rogue River Trail had to wait for an escort through the fire area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says the human-caused fire was 70 percent contained after burning about 26 acres on the north side of the river a half mile downstream from the Grave Creek boat ramp.

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