- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) - A pair of wildfires in Central Oregon prompted fire officials to close a stretch of the lower Deschutes River to rafting and other activities.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center said Thursday that the Shaniko Butte fire grew to 18,000 acres overnight and made a run toward the community of Dant, on the west side of the river located about 10 miles south of Maupin. Meanwhile, the Ward Canyon fire east of Antelope was backing toward the east side of the river.

As a result, fire officials closed the river to day and overnight use on the popular stretch between Trout Creek at river mile 88.5 and Long Bend at river mile 57. Other sections of the river remained open.

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