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Fires Contained But Still Burning: Homes And Businesses Destroyed

Originally Posted: April 09, 2012

Eileen Casey

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Ridge Wildfires looking across Wildwood Lake. (Denis G. Yuen)

The air is thick with black smoke on the East End. (Courtesy Photo: Local Fire Department Personnel)

Southampton - More than 100 fire departments from both Suffolk and Nassau counties, and other areas, battled a blaze that began Monday, April 9, 2012, north of Brookhaven Lab and raged through the Pine Barrens area of Ridge and Manorville.

The Pine Barrens consists of more than 100,000 acres, with more than 2,000 acres thus far having been consumed by wildfires that have burned vegetation, property and homes - unfortunately reminding residents of the devastating fires in 1995 - that consumed more than 9,000 acres of the Pine Barrens.

The fire began around 3 p.m. Monday, fueled by high winds and lack of ground moisture.

This morning, Tuesday, Apirl 10, fire fighters appear to have contained the blaze on at least three sides, however, they have issued a "red flag" warning until 8 p.m. tonight. County Executive Steve Bellone has stated "The fire is contained but still burning and not under control. It did not move significantly."

With winds expected to increase later this afternoon, a decision may be made to use the Air National Guard, as forecasters have predicted scattered showers but no significant rain.

Presently, two homes and one business were destroyed by the flames and smoke. Three firefighters were injured - two treated for smoke inhalation and released and a third being held with second and third degree burns at Stony Brook University Hospital.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Riverhead Senior Center, and residents are urged to check with local media with regard to road closings and traffic redirection. Presently, the State Department of Transportation has designated the HOV lane on the LIE (Exits 33 through 64 eastbound) for emergency vehicles only. Additionally, authorities urge residents to keep 911 free unless it is an absolute emergency.

Residents in sections of Manorville, Riverhead, Wading River and Accabonac have been evacuated, and for those with animals, including horses and pets, the SPCA is prepared to take animals for safe keeping.

Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the fires Long Island, as well as Staten Island and Rockland County are being monitored, "I have directed state emergency response agencies to coordinate with local authorities in order to contain the fires and help protect New Yorkers and their property," Additionally. "I have placed the National Guard fire team in Suffolk County on standby to be ready to support firefighting efforts. The National Guard has helicopter and other air based fire suppression equipment deployed in the area and ready to be activated if needed."

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Guest (joey puorro) from upstae ny says::
I dont no who this is going to but i would like to help as the wild fires winds down i own a tree service company with one of the biggest bucket trucks around i would like to help with this problem i dont n o were to start so if somebody could contact me bsck that would be great my e mail is joeypuorro@yahoo.com thank you and god bless
Apr 12, 2012 11:24 am

Guest (leedon) from az says::
we live in fear of fires in az because of the dry desert my heartfelt prayers go out to the people of ny nj and staten island
Apr 11, 2012 12:27 pm

 

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