7 or 8 years ago there was a fire above the Rogue River Ranch while we were on the river. The Forest Service floated down and told everyone on the river they had to get below Blossom Bar within 24 hours of notification. We ended up receiving another permit for the same date the following year, without going through the lottery, due to being rushed down the river and having our trip impacted negatively by the fire and Forest Service pushing everyone downriver. I'm not saying they'll be handing out permits next year to those who had theirs cancelled this year, but there may be hope.
Link to latest river update:
InciWeb the Incident Information System: Big Windy Complex News Release