PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Big steps are being taken to put out a pesky mulch fire in Port St. Lucie, which includes a plan that's never been done before in St. Lucie County.
Water is now flowing from a water main located about a mile north of the property.
The water will be filling a trench that travels all the way to the 28-acre fire.
Crews on Tuesday completed a berm around the fire so the water will basically fill up the berm like a bathtub.
The hope is now that the water is moving, this time next week smoke should not be an issue.
Fire rescue says it continues to respond to 911 calls for people with respiratory impacts.
Area schools also continue to limit the time students are outdoors.
"Everybody needs to keep in mind that it's about 9 million gallons to give us one foot of water," St. Lucie County Fire District Fire Chief Nate Spera said. "We know we’re going to need about 4 to 5 feet minimum, so we're producing probably between 4 and 5 million gallons a day, so it's going to take days for that to build up."
With the water now flowing, crews will be working overnight to keep an eye on the water pumps to make sure they don’t fail and slow down the process.
Fire officials said the mulch fire was started by a lightning strike.