BELLA VISTA, Ark. — This fire burning in northwest Arkansas will be out much sooner than originally thought. People who live in the area say the smell has even been causing them health problems.
The Trafalgar Road Fire, also known as the “Stump Dump” in Bella Vista has been burning for several months.
Yesterday, officials with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality had good news for neighbors. The goal is to have the fire controlled within 30 days.
There are several more steps to get the site back to normal. Crews will remove waste, sort it and relocate it. This should take about six months.
Officials originally told neighbors it would take more than a year.
“I’m really really glad that they’ve shortened the time frame. It was originally supposed to be 17 months,” said Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie. “Is there a plan in place to move people away if not overnight then at least for the day while this is happening so that they’re in a cleaner environment? I didn’t hear that. So I’ll be asking that question again.”
He does have safety concerns about the cleanup process. Crews will only be doing clean up work during daylight hours.