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Up Top Fire on Sunday afternoon. (KLYQ Photo)
Up Top Fire on Sunday afternoon. (KLYQ Photo)
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Last gasp from the Up Top Fire? – Oct 3

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

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Earlier smoke photo from Up Top Fire (USFS Photo)
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When You Blow On A Fire … — Sept 26

Wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour pushed the Up Top forest fire another 1,100 acres this weekend. So far, the fire has burned about 11,000 acres in the Bitterroot National Forest and currently is moving toward the east, spotting over into the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest northeast of Dam Lake

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Skalkaho Falls, last week. (USFS Photo)
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As Expected, Flames Come Back – Sept 24

The Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex of forest fires 8 miles east of Hamilton has begun to "boil" again, with temperatures back into the 80s in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, according to Bitterroot National Forest information officer Tod McKay

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Horse Creek Hot Springs was caught in the Saddle Complex forest fire. The bathhouse is one of the structures saved. (USFS Photo).
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Fires Could Grow Again – Sept 19

Forest officials expect more smoke from the 41 Complex forest fire later this week, as another few days of 80-degree temperatures are predicted for the Bitterroot Valley. The valley air has been much easier to breathe this past weekend

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Rocks and debris on the Skalkaho Highway this week. (USFS Photo)
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The Rain Helped – Sept 17

With Thursday's rain, not much movement from the Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley in the Sapphire Mountains. Crews continued to work on the west side of the fire, working at least 100 feet inside the fire perimeter

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Flames on the Up Top Fire on Sunday. (USFS Photo)
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Smokin’ – Sept 14

The smoke is making is hard for residents to see the fires surrounding the Bitterroot valley.
A couple of thunderstorm cells grew during the afternoon Wednesday over the Sapphire Mountains in the vicinity of the Fox Peak Fire and then moved off to the east

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Flames from the Up Top Fire Sept 12 (USFS Photo)
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Work Continues on 41 Complex Fires – Sept 13

Crews continue to build fire lines on the northwest and southwest portions of the active Up Top Fire, part of the 41 Complex in the Sapphire Mountains, 10 miles east of Hamilton.
Fire traffic has increased on Hamilton Heights Road, as fire crews use that road as a quicker way to access the northwest corner of the fire

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Smoke from the Up Top Fire is near the Gird Point Lookout. USFS Photo)
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Smoke Increase from Fires – Sept 11

The amount of smoke increased from a couple of burnouts on the Up Top Fire, part of the 41 Complex forest fire in Sapphire Mountains east of Hamilton. The Up Top Fire has been creeping down into Saint Clair Creek and a second contingency fire line has been constructed on private lands to the west of the fire, which is almost 7,000 acres as of Sunday evening

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KLYQ File Photo (USFS Photo)
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The Friday Fire Update – Sept 9

As of 7am Friday, the Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex was 5,634 acres. That fire is expected to continue to be active in the dry, hot days to come. The fire has moved south and west in the last 24 hours

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Where's the smoke coming from? From places like this in the Up Top Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Smoky Is Hazardous to your Health – Sept 8

The air quality in the Bitterroot Valley was "Unhealthy" Thursday Sept 8. The air is measured at a site in downtown Hamilton by the folks at Ravalli County Environmental Health. They expect the unhealthy levels will continue for at least another week, since the weather pattern shows no sign of changing

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