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Staten Island Brush Fires Flare Up Again

Firefighters are battling two raging brush fires in Great Kills Park on Staten Island on September 8, 2010.

Firefighters are battling two raging brush fires in Great Kills Park on Staten Island on September 8, 2010.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (CBS 2) – The brush fires that ripped through Staten Island Wednesday afternoon into the evening have flared up again Thursday in Great Kills Park.

The fire department is treating the blaze as a 5-alarm fire as they attempt to get a handle on the flames.

Fire officials said the fire was now knocked down, but not under control.  Officials also said there were still some pockets of fire.

Some 250 firefighters battled the Wednesday flames, which took nearly eight hours to bring under control

No serious injuries were reported in those fires, which broke out shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday in the federal parkland.

A Fire Department spokesman said one firefighter suffered a back injury and a civilian was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

There’s no immediate word on the cause of the fires — although the dry conditions and strong winds have likely played a significant role.

The park is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.