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Last gasp from the Up Top Fire? – Oct 3

Up Top Fire on Sunday afternoon. (KLYQ Photo)

The unseasonably warm weather and wind this weekend caused the Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex of forest fires to spread to the north and east about 500 acres, according to Information Officer Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest.
The fire put up smoke both Saturday and Sunday as the flames spread in the Saint Clair Creek and Dam Lake areas.
Railroad Creek Road is open again. However, the Skalkaho Highway remains closed due to the falling rocks and snags.
Thunderstorms started four new fires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Two are on the West Fork Ranger District and two are on the Darby Ranger District. All are small, but a fire in Robbins Gulch east of Conner is about 4 acres. No structures are threatened and helicopters have dropped water on some of the hot spots.
Hells Half Acre Complex of fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness grew to over 2,000 acres, spotting over the Hells Half Lookout road.
Roads around the Saddle Complex are open, but there are some closures, including Horse Creek Hot Springs. Inciweb has more information about what is open and what is closed, as do any of the Bitterroot National Forest districts.

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