Bella Vista Homeowners Plead For City’s Help to Put Out ‘Stump Dump’

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Several Bella Vista homeowners said they are pleading for help after the Trafalgar Fire has been burning for nearly six months.

At the City Council meeting on Monday, January 28, council members gave time for the people of Bella Vista to say how the stump dump is affecting their lives. 

Forced out of their homes on Christmas, unable to take their kids outside to play, and children now spending weeks in the hospital suffering from the hazardous smoke were a few of the stories people told to the council.

Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie said progress has been made in the process to extinguish the fire.

But neighbors said they’ve seen no effort from council members and instead are being driven out of their own city.

“The smell and the stench is just deplorable, it’s affecting a lot of people up there. So the fire and the quenching of it has to be number one,” said Mayor Christie.

“It just affects a lot of different people in a lot of different ways. It’s just terrible, terrible you know that as a state we can’t put this thing out and people are physically being hurt. This is the stack of papers from my doctor,” said Bella Vista Resident Kelly Strain.

Work by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Ensafe engineering team will continue on the stump dump. 

For those in attendance at the meeting, it’s uncertain when they will choose to head back to their homes.  

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