Cost estimate rises for northwest Arkansas stump dump fire cleanup

BELLA VISTA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says it could cost millions more than first estimated to extinguish an underground fire at a landfill containing wood waste.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that cleanup at the Bella Vista stump dump could cost $21 million to $37 million. The project was initially estimated to cost up to $10 million.

Hutchinson says he's asked the state Department of Environmental Quality and engineering firm EnSafe to find a more cost effective solution.

EnSafe's draft response action plan calls for smoke mitigation measures, flooding of the area and efforts to reduce storm water runoff.

Bella Vista Fire Chief Steve Sims says the fire could be burning more than 50 feet underground. The issue was first discovered after firefighters were dispatched to the site in July.
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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com