Bella Vista Fire Officials: Stump Dump Fire Could Take Months to Burn Out

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BELLA VISTA, Ark. – An underground fire is causing a large cloud of smoke to form in Bella Vista, and the fire department says they can’t do anything about it. 

Fire officials are calling this a stump dump–which means it’s a compost pile where people can drop off yard debris.

But the problem is the pile is 60 feet underground, so Bella Vista fire cannot put it out. 

“People should not go down there. Its a dangerous area. There are voids being created underground from the burning debris, so that creates a possibility for sinkholes which is why we are not down there,” says Battalion Chief Ronnie Crupper, Bella Vista Fire Department.

Bella Vista Fire Department has been monitoring this fire since Sunday. And they say it will likely burn for months. 

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