Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on the eastern end of Long Island yesterday, as three sections within a 2,000-acre area continued to burn in a massive brush fire last night.
Three firefighters have been injured so far battling the Suffolk County blaze, including one badly burned when he dashed through flames that suddenly encircled the fire engine in a wooded area, torching it, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said yesterday.
Nearly 1,000 acres have been destroyed by the blaze, and three homes and one commercial building was destroyed. With winds predicted to strengthen overnight, firefighters on Long Island rushed to complete water drops from aircraft scouting the fire.
A brush fire in Staten Island burned itself out yesterday and was contained to the Fresh Kills landfill. No homes were destroyed there.