Wind-Fueled Brush Fires Continue To Wreak Havoc On L.I.; NYC, Southern N.J. Also Battling Flames

Gusts Of Up To 60 MPH Fanning The Flames; Hundreds Of Firefighters Deployed

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several major brush fires continued to burn Monday night in different parts of the Tri-State Area.  Among the most  serious is a fire in Suffolk County, where officials spent the evening coordinating efforts with state authorities and the National Guard.

“I have placed the National Guard fire team in Suffolk County on standby to be ready to support firefighting efforts,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Strong winds and dry air continued to make for a dangerous combination.  The situation remained serious Monday night as at one point more than 200 homes had no power. The fire also prompted road closures and caused interruptions to LIRR trains.

1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reports from Riverhead

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said three firefighters were injured responding to a brush fire near the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  One firefighter suffered a minor burn, while two others were treated for smoke inhalation.

At one point, firefighters from 109 departments in Suffolk County responded to the brush fire that has affected about 2,000 acres, including 300 acres on the Brookhaven Lab site.

Fires also continued to burn in Ridge and Manorville on Monday evening. Ridge Fire Chief Steve Gray said the two blazes that began there morphed into one.

“Once it gets into the tree tops it burns a lot faster than it does on the ground,” Gray told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “The fire had burned past us fast enough where we couldn’t get there in time.”

“It’s still an unpredictable situation. We had hoped earlier that the fire was coming under control, but it’s clear now that it’s still burning heavily and that this is still a dangerous and unpredictable situation,” Bellone said at a news conference.

Ten homes in the Riverhead area also suffered damage and firefighters were dispatched to bring those fires under control, officials said.  Two residential homes and one commercial building in the area were destroyed.

“We have all resources that are on the scene coordinating with all the various agencies,” Bellone told 1010 WINS.

Mandatory evacuations also took place in some parts of Suffolk County and the Riverhead Senior Center was established as an emergency shelter.

Will Boulier and his family were evacuated. Police pulled up to their home as they secured their farm animals.

“You get a little nervous, you watch out, but as long as you know you have an escape route…that’s all that matters,” he told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

For the latest on the situation in Suffolk County: | @SuffExecBellone.

Meanwhile, a five-alarm fire continued to burn on Staten Island in the area of the old Fresh Kills landfill.

Firefighters said that the fire would continue to burn until the winds, which featured gusts of 45-60 mph, die down, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.  There have been no reported injuries or homes threatened in that area.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck Reports From Staten Island

It was not the brush that was on fire, but rather a compost fire that can start on its own without an igniter, the FDNY said, adding that the wind helped spread the flames.

The Staten Island blaze also continued to snarl the West Shore Expressway Monday night. The expressway was closed in both directions near Victory Boulevard around 1 p.m., as nearly 200 firefighters worked to put out the flames.

staten island brush fire Wind Fueled Brush Fires Continue To Wreak Havoc On L.I.; NYC, Southern N.J. Also Battling Flames

Smoke from a brush fire on Staten Island (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

Traffic on the Staten Island Expressway and side streets was also impacted. Earlier, three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a four-alarm fire at two adjoining buildings in West Brighton.

In New Jersey’s Burlington County, a massive brush fire that ignited around around 1 a.m. threatened two-dozen homes in Tabernacle and Woodland Township.

Fire officials lit a backfire in an attempt to keep the blaze away from the homes and by the afternoon 50 percent of the fire had been contained.

The blaze is being investigated as suspicious because of the remote area where it originated and other natural sources of ignition, including lightning, were ruled out, according to New Jersey Forest Fire Service officials.

Officials said as many as 1,000 acres could be affected by the fire, which has been named the “South Park Wildfire.” It is the second major brush fire in New Jersey in less than a week.

Earlier Monday, nearly 250 firefighters battled wind and flames as they tried to knock down a six-alarm fire on Ringwood Avenue in Wanaque, located in Passaic County.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports from Wanaque

The blaze, which broke out around 12:30 a.m., destroyed two buildings and displaced six families, 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reported.

  • stonehillady

    I feel so sorry for all of you living on Long Island. There is 4 million of you, & there is gridlock all during rush hours, if you all had a tsunimi or some really bad hurricane like the one in the 30’s your all sitting ducks….How do you get out if you all don’t have a boat ? Why you allowed your zoning boards to build on every bit of land in Nassau county is mindboggling ! Now in Suffolk County, your farm land is almost gone….if your bridges ever fell down from a quake or disaster how do you get food ???? you don’t have any dairy farms, no chicken or egg farms, no land for fruits & veggies just some vineyards. Sorry, folks I think your ticking time bomb !

    • LI

      I think we will manage. Go back and hide under your rock. Sap.

      • raze it

        This is the wrath of God punishing iniquity of Big Bank welfarism and warfarism.
        It must be razed to the ground for the remnant to start over.

      • JC Dunn

        Like real america gives a rats A** about the morons living in NYC

  • Law2001

    Are there federal policies to leave dead wood on the forest floors? If yes, does this become kindling to fuel these wild fires? If yes, this policy needs to be corrected to cleanup the forest and prevent the spread of fires.

    • Carl

      Yes, there is…they will not let people take fallen wood out of the forest for their own fireplaces, which is INSANE. All that fallen wood collects at the bases of trees and during dry seasons becomes kindling that can quickly catch fire.

      • noonitoons

        This is the result of the United Nations Agenda 21. If you have not heard of it, search and learn. It’s also called Comprehensive Planning, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth etc….
        It’s sick.

  • lloydquinnsc

    Bush fire??? “W” caused it

  • Marian

    As far as the horses and animals go if they know the back roads to get their animals out they’ll use them. But for now I would say walk the horses out. That’s what we have to do in Minnesota and we are having our own problems with fires in the Metro/Mpls/St. Paul areas AND out in the country. We have 1,000’s of horses here in this state, too.

  • Peter B

    Too bad all the rich people’s houses in the Hamptons aren’t on fire.

    • ConanTheRepublican

      It’s REALLY a shame that YOU aren’t on fire, ya twit!

    • Jerzey Boy

      Obviously you are a buy-in to the Obama class warfare mind set.
      People are people, why would you want anyone’s home to burn?

      BTW, I suggest that the rich Hampton’s types have helped our economy and created more jobs than the (poor) poor people have.

    • Jamesb

      You’re an idiot. Don’t breed, the gene pool is already too “shallow.” Besides, don’t you have pizzas to deliver? You do – get to it; chop chop.

  • JesusAloneIsLord

    Just a foretaste of the coming TOTAL nuclear holocaust that awaits Babylon “the great”, otherwise known as the “Big Apple”. if you live within 250 miles of Manhattan, you should have already started making your plans to leave NOW. REVELATION 18:8-10.

    • Zimriel

      Your meds. Take them.

    • Peter B

      If NYC goes down you won’t get your welfare check to pay your rent in the trailer park. So be careful what you wish for.

    • jesusgeneral

      I only live about 189 miles from Manhattan. Do you think the additional 61 miles will make that much of a difference? I don’t have the cash to move right now.

  • Spanky Spankster

    Brushes fault!

  • Stephon

    This was clearly caused by anthropogenic climate change, formerly anthropogenic global warming, formerly global warming, formerly global cooling.

    We must raise your taxes to avert disasters like this in the future. Taxes will save you, now pay up, or die in a hellish inferno, a category 5 hurricane, an immense tsunami, or some other non-natural human caused disaster not of your choosing.

    • MsAnt

      I love your post! AGW is the newest term. I remember the 5 or so ice ages had a terrible time melting without SUV’s. Gore’s fleet of SUV’s could easily melt a few ice ages.

    • Spanky Spankster

      If only you drove a Prius this would not have happened!

  • willie83

    I don’t think the EPA allows wildfires these days. Someone is going to be fined.

  • richhenk

    At first I was relieved to see the flames were red, then I saw the WHITE smoke.

  • PeteyP

    Not every truck is going to respond. Ever think that some have to stay behind to handle OTHER emergencies that take place?

  • Honest Abe

    Firefighters, better save the ghettoes first, unless you want to be arrested on a hate crime…

  • Dsmoker

    Yeah, your terrorists are your own govt – so now what? Im sure it’s a false flag to incite more violence – think about it! WE NEED WAR TO MAKE A PROFIT!

    • szore


      And it’s all Bush’s fault, right?

  • malice420dotcom

    Of course terrorist know fire will burn on a windy day…

    • Big Bear

      That thought occurred to me immediately. Maybe the will burn DC next, or Camp David…

  • Joseph Cesarelli

    There are horses in Manorville trapped by the fire and no one is reporting on that, the people trying to help evacuate the horses are being prevented from getting to the horses.

  • Topperm

    And yet there are still 3 fire trucks idling in front of the supermarket in staten island!!!!

    • Spanky Spankster

      Maybe those fire trucks used up their Obama Allotment of Fossil Fuels and aren’t allowed to move. If only we had all electric trucks, airplanes, ships, etc., this fire would not have happened!

    • Roland

      Maybe they are getting supplied for a long tour of duty fighting the fire.

    • The Sage Waitress

      Probably waiting for a EOE ruling over the diversity of the fire department before they can act. Hurry up, lawyers.

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