Bella Vista Residents Gather Their Own Research in ‘Stump Dump’ Investigation


Just a day after the Governor toured The Trafalgar Road fire people living nearby are finding their owns way of measuring the air quality at their homes.

And we spoke with one resident who said she now believes the economy of Bella Vista is in danger.

“We’ve seen some of the things that are out at this dump and we know this dump is not just trees,” said Bella Vista Resident, Chris Nelson.
The Trafalgar Road fire also known as “The Stump Dump” continues to heat up concerns from residents about their quality of life. 

Now they are conducting their own research to prove it’s not safe.

“We’ve all, in my family, have experienced some kind of persistent cough or respiratory issues, headaches, ears, nose and throat problems,” said Nelson.

Chris Nelson lives 1,250 feet from the fire. 

After experiencing health issues for months he decided to make his own website for residents to visit and see just how serious the problem really is.

“Whenever I’ve used it for leaves in the fall before they closed it I saw concrete and some construction debris out there. Didn’t think much of it because it’s concrete but it’s alluding to be more under the surface of this,” said Nelson.

Residents like Cynthia Rawlinson also said they are now concerned of how the fire will affect the value of their homes.

“Will we get the value out of our home, will someone who comes to see our home, they’ll notice the smell in the air, will they want to move here,” said Bella Vista Resident, Cynthia Rawlinson.

After moving from Northern Virginia over a year ago Rawlinson said her reason for calling Bella Vista home is gone.

“I think it’s sad, it took a lot of money and time and effort to move here with ideas of retiring, getting outdoors, improving your health and just the opposite occurred,” said Rawlinson.

Rawlinson said all residents just want to enjoy living in the area again. 

“You can’t underestimate either too old or too young, the value of clean air and the fact that the smoke makes it difficult to even be outside on your front porch or your back porch,” said Rawlinson.

In his visit yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson called the Trafalgar Fire an emergency and is asking for help from the Pollution Control And Ecology Commission to come up with the almost one million dollars needed to fix the problem.

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