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Smithtown Fire Department Responds to Ridge Brush Fires

The department released one chief and one engine to assist in battling the blaze Monday.

The sent out one engine and one chief Monday to help battle the Ridge brush fires, the department confirmed Monday night.

Smithtown Fire Department Chief John Hansen said as of 9:30 p.m. that the firefighters were on their way back and would return tomorrow.

"They are going to let it burn tonight and go back in the morning so no one gets injured at night," he said.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone warned locals that as darkness has fallen, the dangers surround the raging brush fires in Ridge have grown – and it could be days before the fires are extinguished.

"This a rapidly shifting situation," Bellone said at a press conference Monday night, urging people to stay as far away from the scene as possible to let firefighters do their work. "This fire could go on for some time."

Three firefighters have been injured and treated at the Stony Brook University Burn center; one has been admitted with 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

No fatalities have been reported.

Currently, 236 homes are without power and the county is coordinating with the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid.

The Primrose Path area of Manorville has also been evacuated.

Fires are still not contained and are moving in a southeasterly direction. It is not yet clear how the fires started.

A Manorville fire truck was destroyed in the blaze.

Dan Munoz April 10, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Smithtown wasn't the only department in your coverage area that responded. What about Nesconset? or St. James? I think they deserve credit too.
Peter Verry April 10, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Dan, I reached out to the Nesconset and St. James departments, could not speak with them by time of publication. The Smithtown chief was the only person available for comment immediately. Hopefully I could speak with the Nesconset and St. James chiefs in the morning and provide an update to the story.
Debbi Hager Spiegel April 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I was told that St. James does not have a brush truck.
localguy April 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
St James responded as did everyone from Smithtown Township. Crews were sent out there yesterday afternoon and returned in the evening. New teams were summoned at 5:30 this morning. St James has a small brush truck but it's not like those caged ones that departments in the fire area have. Engine (pumper trucks) companies were sent both times. While those vehicles are limited when it comes to off road fire fighting they are still valuable to have at the scene. Each pumper can carry 750-1000 gallons of water which is substancially more than brush trucks carry. Each truck serves a purpose and together they can handle just about anything
Henry Powderly April 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
We just spoke with St. James firefighters on the ground in Ridge. We will have our story up on the site shortly.

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