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Fires and Smoke Close Stretch of Rogue River in Oregon

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Bureau of Land Management has closed the wild section of the Rogue River in Southern Oregon because of wildfires.

 A spokesman says authorities are worried rescuers might not be able to reach whitewater rafters who get into trouble.

  The spokesman says visibility is so poor that helicopters couldn't fly in to evacuate an injured rafter.

       The 34-mile section of the Rogue from near Galice to near Agness is renowned for canyon scenery and difficult rapids.

Outfitters and lodges along the river say they're  losing business to cancellations.

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