New York - Dry Air, Strong Winds Fuel Brush Fires In Southern NJ, Staten Island & Long Island
New York - Strong winds and dry air continued to make for a dangerous combination on Long Island Monday night as Suffolk County officials coordinated efforts with state authorities and the National Guard.
The situation on Long Island has showed no signs of slowing down and officials said darkness will make fighting the fire even more difficult. More than 200 homes have no power and the fire has prompted road closures and caused interruptions to LIRR trains.
Fires also continued to burn in Ridge and Manorville Monday evening.
Ten homes in the Riverhead area also suffered fire damage and firefighters were dispatched to bring those fires under control, officials said. One commercial building in the area was destroyed.
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 injuries or homes threatened in that area.
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