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8- MILE STRETCH OF ROGUE RIVER REOPENS TO RAFTERS

For the first time in 8 days, white water rafting companies are taking people down the most popular stretch of the Rogue River. NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett found out how the week-long closure impacted a Merlin company.

Posted: Wed Aug 08 23:08:38 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Aug 08 23:08:39 PDT 2018

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few hours into their twelve to sixteen hour shifts. when triple digit temperatures strike while they're on the line...it can get dangerous. especially if they're losing a lot of fluid through sweat. von says: " that generates a lot of symptoms like cognitive thinking, stress, dehydration issues. the worst case scenarios again are they can slip into a heat stress situation onto heat exhaustion and then into heat stroke and potentially fatality" to prevent any of those possibilities from happening crews plan well in advance. gruber says crews will increase fluid intake and take more breaks to cool down before they get back to work. sionan says, "orange torpedo trips helps dozens of people raft down the rogue river every day. but when the taylor creek fire shut down about 8 miles of the river, this business had to get creative." the river closure caused a major hit on local businesses and made it difficult for rafters to make day trips. the road was blocked downstream of hellgate bridge, and the river was closed from hog creek to galice. mahr says, "it's really big for us as far is the logistics of getting down because every car that was being shuttled with galice being down would have to go around through sunny valley and over." what would have been a short drive became a little more complicated. doherty says, "we did have to change our shuttle route which took an extra hour." but once rafters got down to the water, the river became a much needed escape from the smoke. doherty says, "we were on the river for about four days and three nights and for the most part it was pretty clear." the company says firefighters had the merlin community's back.. helping reopen the river to anyone wanting to float or raft down this popular stretch of the rogue. mahr says, "this is kind of becoming the new normal which were hopeful it's not going to be an every year thing. but we're just thankful the crews were so open to communication and keeping us in the loop and realizing that this is a major portion of what we do and they made it a priority for us." tonight nearly all the boat ramps are re-opened. in merlin, sionan barrett, newswatch12. it looks like the taylor
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