Arkansas News

Friday, December 14, 2018

Follow-up: Bella Vista officials look for help to put out fire

Officials hope to learn today what can be done to extinguish an underground fire burning for more than four months and polluting the air. Mayor Peter Christie was notified in a text message from Fire Chief Steve Sims on Thursday state and federal officials and contractors would be at an old stump dump site today to explore options to put out the fire. Heinz Braun with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday the federal Environmental Protection Agency would bring in experts today to best determine how to fight the fire. Braun was in Bella Vista on Thursday. The fire along Trafalgar Road is on a site where the Bella Vista Property Owners Association operated a stump dump for about 13 years.
NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

Dirt in Harrison being saved to be sifted, Sheriff says search for missing couple scaled back

Harrison city workers were once again digging at Lake Harrison on Thursday, but they were actually trying to save the dirt from being washed away in case there were heavy rains later. Officials have been searching for any signs of John and Amy Villines, who are believed to have been washed away in an apparent flash flood Friday night, Nov. 30, on Highland Street in Harrison. Harrison firefighters and police officers have been working on the assumption that they would have been washed into Lake Harrison as the Dry Branch Creek where they were swept away drains into the lake, which is also Crooked Creek.
Harrison Daily Times

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hardy Volunteer Fire Department receives Award of Recognition

An Award of Recognition was presented to the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department following their nomination for the 2018 Spot A Hero Technology Grant Campaign sponsored by The Leary Firefighters Foundation. According to a press release from the Leary Firefighters Foundation, the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department received the award based on their nomination by a person unknown. Hardy was in the top 20 out of 300 agencies nominated. Over 900 nominations were received during the six-week campaign. The nomination letter read as follows: “They do it all. EMS, fire suppression, rescue, water rescue, a dive team and more. They also provide mutual aid to surrounding departments. These firefighters do their job for the love of the community.
The News - Salem

Update: EPA testing shows air near Bella Vista stump dump "unhealthy"

The Arkansas Department of Health said Wednesday preliminary results of monitoring near a stump dump fire show air quality in the "unhealthy" category, according to a news release. The testing, called particulate matter monitoring, measures the amount of solid and liquid droplets found in the air such as ash, dust, and smoke. The amount of particulate matter in the air provides a snapshot of local air quality and how air quality may affect health, an Arkansas Department of Health news release stated. Everyone within a half-mile radius of the 8000 block of Trafalgar Road should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors, the release stated.
NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

Fire damages Hot Springs house

Hot Springs firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 173 Crest St. Wednesday afternoon. The fire department received the call at 4:30 p.m. and responded with five units, getting the fire under control in about 15 minutes. The homeowners said they believed the fire began in a back bedroom. The cause was still under investigation.

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