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Brush Fire Damages Edgewood Preserve In Deer Park

Brush fire damage at the Edgewood Preserve - Deer Park, NY - Jul 19, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Brush fire damage at the Edgewood Preserve – Deer Park, NY – Jul 19, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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DEER PARK, NY (WCBS 880) - Hot, dry weather means a greater danger of brush fires.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

At the Edgewood Preserve in Deer Park, you can hear the dry ground cover and twigs crackling and snapping under your footsteps.

There are long stretches of scorched, brittle ground and blackened leafless trees where firefighters battled a brush blaze on Monday.

It was one of several over recent days being blamed on the hot and dry conditions.

Officials are urging the public, especially cigarette smokers, to be careful.

It won’t take much to spark an inferno resulting in perhaps devastating, potentially deadly consequences.