City burns Milltown Dam debris


MISSOULA, Mont. - Crews in Missoula burned Milltown Dam debris near the river Thursday.

About 150 to 200 logs were piled up in the Clark Fork Natural Park on the south shore of the river between Higgins Avenue and Orange Street.

The Orchard Homes Irrigation Company and the city have been working to remove logs released from the Milltown Dam removal project.

After some research they decided the least harmful way to dispose of the logs is to burn them. Hauling the logs off site with heavy equipment could damage the park, riverbank and would close the riverfront trail.

"The amount of disturbance that would be caused  by hauling these logs out, multiple trucks, having to close down the trail for weeks, and then just getting the logs back across the water would exceed the level of  disturbance that would come from just burning them on-site," said City Conservation Lands Manager Morgan Valliant Wednesday.

The city has the permit to burn from 9 a.m. until midnight. Valliant said it will take at least two days.

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