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The Up Top Fire (USFS Photo)
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41 Complex is Mainly “Up Top” – Sept 7

The 41 Complex of forest fires in the Sapphire Mountains east of Hamilton is mainly the Up Top Fire, which has now cross Skalkaho Highway on its way south. Of the total 3,700 acres, the Up Top Fire is 3,627 acres, while the 41 Fire is 105 acres and is 90 percent contained, according to Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay

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There's a flame front along this edge of the Up Top Fire one of the larger forest fires in the 41 Complex. (USFS Photo)
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Where There’s Smoke… – Sept 6

The active 41 Complex of forest fires has grown again with an estimated size of 2,800 acres early Tuesday, Sept 6. and from the looks of the smoke column, we'll have a larger acreage total Wednesday

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The 41 Complex forest fire and another much smaller lightning-caused fire September 5th at about 7pm. Photo taken from Bell Crossing, looking southeast. (KLYQ Photo)
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Skalkaho Pass Is Closed Due to Fire – Sept 5

Monday afternoon, the Montana Department of Highways closed Skalkaho Pass due to the 41 Complex forest fire, 10 miles east of Hamilton.
The fire, started by lightning in late August, is now at least 2,000 acres and put up a large column of smoke Monday

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A view of the 41 Complex on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley in the Sapphire Mountains. (USFS Photo)
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Fires Begin to Heat Up Again – Sept 2

The winds were blowing and the temperature began to rise Friday in the Bitterroot Valley.
Fire managers watched their forest fires begin to come back to life by the afternoon. And with the forecast for temperatures back into the 90s by late next week, the chances of fire growth are good

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Another lightning caused fire in the Salmon-Challis Forest. (USFS Photo)
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Fire Lines Added to Saddle Complex – Aug 30

Lightning caused fires are keeping Forest Service crews busy in Montana and Idaho. The accompanying photo is of the Salt Fire in the Salmon District.
However, the largest fire in the area, the Saddle Complex is about 24,000 acres and is still south of Hughes Creek in the West Fork of the Bitterroot National Forest

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Spot fires like this are popping up all over. (USFS Photo)
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Where there’s smoke…..

Lightning has caused at least nine new forest fires on the Bitterroot National Forest, according to Information Officer Tod McKay. The slow-moving storms started Sunday evening.
Four fires are burning east of Hamilton in the Sapphire Mountains on the Darby Ranger District and five smaller fires are burning up the West Fork on the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

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A corner of the Lutz Forest Fire. (US Forest Service photo)
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The Lingering Lutz Fire and Others – Aug 26

Here's the latest on other fires in the vicinity of the Bitterroot Valley - as of the afternoon of August 26.
East of the valley, the Lutz Fire on the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest is currently estimated at 584 acres

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A view this weekend of the Stud Fire, part of the Saddle Complex in the wilderness. (US Forest Service Photo)
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Roads Closed Around Saddle Complex

The 748 acre Saddle Complex of forest fires in the Salmon-Challis and Bitterroot National Forests continues to spread in every direction, causing more closures in the area.
The fire, south of the Bitterroot Valley, crept onto Bitterroot National Forest land Sunday, and now a joint operation from both forests is managing the fire

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A hot spot in the Saddle Fire from last week. (US Forest Service photo)
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Saddle and Stud Fires Move East

The wilderness forests fires that make up the Saddle complex in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness have grown to over 700 acres during the weekend.
The fires are being managed for resource benefits and crews are in place at Horse Creek Hot Springs, Oreana Lookout, Gattin Ranch and a small mine in the Horse Creek drainage for possible structure protection

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Lightning Sets off Forest Fires

Small forest fires were started by lightning storms over the Bitterroot National Forest last week.
Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said the Birch Creek Fire was at 6 acres last Friday in the Sapphire Mountains 10 miles northeast of Corvallis with 26 firefighters and two engines on the fireline

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