Firefighters Making Progress in Mulch Fire

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Firefighters are making progress in trying to put out a mulch fire that's been burning for nearly three weeks at a recycling operation in Helotes.

Firefighters dumped more than 600-thousand gallons of water on the blaze Saturday. They also began to break it apart with heavy equipment. Rainy weather helped contain smoke and ash that officials feared would result from an attempt to break apart the branches and wood chips that have fueled the blaze.

The enormous mountain of branches and wood chips at a recycling operation northwest of San Antonio caught fire on Christmas. The pile of mulch, which has been sitting in an open field for more than a decade, is about 400 feet long, 225 feet wide and 70 feet tall in the middle of a lot edged with trees.