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

April 9, 2012 12:00 AM

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

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 "

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