LATEST UPDATE: Officials Say Brush Fire Under Control

Evacuated Manorville residents are still asked to stay away until the fire is completely knocked out.

Update 4:08 p.m.: Brookhaven Councilman and Manorville resident Dan Panico said the second brush fire in Manorville in eight days - this time, on the more populated side of the large hamlet - has the community a little nervous.

"The residents are shaken because this was closer to homes," he said.

Panico said the fire was limited to an 800-acre tract of private property, 680 of which are woods. He added that some construction equipment was damaged, though no homes or lives were lost in the fire.

Update 3:58 p.m.: Jack Krieger, public information officer for Brookhaven Town, reported that the fire has been reduced to small pockets in the area and aerial photos indicated that the fire looked isolated to one big yard. It did not appear the fire had spread much.

He said five houses had been evacuated between Douglas Lane, Victoria Lane and Sherry Street.

Update 3:50 p.m.: Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko said the fire is knocked down and under control, though evacuations will remain in place as fire crews work to subdue the fire completely.

Update 3:35 p.m.: Every fire department on the North Fork is involved in helping to put out the fire, according to Cutchogue Fire Department's Second Assistant Chief Bill Brewer. Brewer said that Cutchogue and Orient sent brush trucks, Mattituck and Southold sent tanker trucks, and Greenport also dispatched trucks and crew members to the scene shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday. As of 3:30 p.m., Shelter Island Fire Department has not yet been dispatched. 

Amy Cirincione, the owner of the Feed Bag pet supply store in Cutchogue who helped coordinate the horse rescue effort during last week's brush fire, said shortly after 3 p.m. that horses are being moved from Dayton Ave. horse farm and from a barn on Barnes Road.

"As of right now, there are a few people in from the North Fork helping move the horse from the two barns. Waiting to hear if our help is needed, but there are way less public barns in the path this time," she said.

Update 3:30 p.m.: Manorville and Riverhead firefighters are on the scene, as are Westhampton Beach, Brookhaven, Mt. Sinai, Ridge, Port Jefferson, and every North Fork department.

Update 3:10 p.m.: News12 is reporting that 15 fire departments have been called to the area, and residential and horse barn evacuations are taking place in the area of Weeks Road and Middle Island-Moriches Road.

Update 3:03 p.m.: According to Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services' Facebook page, a "county wide emergency" has been declared in the Manorville area.

Original Story:

Firefighters are heading off to battle another brush fire blaze, this time located in Manorville near a residential area.

The fire is located in the vicinity of Schultz and Weeks Avenues, and north of Sunrise Highway, according to the Manorville fire district and Southampton Town police.

The entire tri-state area, including southeast Suffolk County, is under a . (it began at noon) on Tuesday. The National Weather services issued the "red flag" due to low relative humidity levels, gusty northwest winds and dry fine fuels.  

Eight days ago, Long Island's biggest brush fire in 17 years hit Manorville, not far from the area firefighters are currently responding to.

The blaze can be seen from as far away as Sammy's Beach in East Hampton.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

With reporting from Brendan O'Reilly, Taylor Vecsey, Joseph Pinciaro, Henry Powderly and Erin Schultz.

Taylor K. Vecsey April 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM
On East Hampton Patch, readers told us where they could see the smoke. JoAnne Koehler-Wood said, "I could see the smoke from the beach in Madison, CT." Others said they could see it from Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Riverhead and Medford, where Amy Tangel reported her son first saw the smoke from his playground.
Taylor K. Vecsey April 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Thank you for uploading photos, Amy Tangel!


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