04/27/15 3:32pm
04/27/2015 3:32 PM
Fire crews battled a brush fire at Calverton Shooting Range Monday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Fire crews battle a brush fire at Calverton Shooting Range Monday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of a brush fire that spanned several acres behind the Calverton Shooting Range, according to Kevin Brooks, first assistant chief of the Riverhead Fire Department. (more…)

04/14/15 10:50am
04/14/2015 10:50 AM
Firefighters on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire in Flanders. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Firefighters on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire in Flanders. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

 

Firefighters in Flanders have been growing increasingly frustrated over the current condition of the woods there, which they say makes it difficult — and dangerous — to respond to and contain wildfires.

That frustration came to a boiling point during a fire in the Flanders woodlands Saturday that led to three brush trucks’ being damaged. Local fire chiefs then aired their grievances to RiverheadLocal.com, which published a story about the situation Sunday.

The biggest complaint concerns felled or dying oak trees, the result of a massive die-out that happened around 2008.

News-Review report from October 2009. (more…)

04/11/15 5:13pm
04/11/2015 5:13 PM
A Hampton Bays firetruck on the scene of Saturday's brush fire. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A Hampton Bays firetruck on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Firefighters battled a brush fire approximately nine acres wide for nearly two hours Saturday afternoon in Flanders, according to Flanders Fire Chief Joe Joe Pettit.

No injuries were reported and firefighters had the fire under control by around 4:45 p.m. (more…)

07/01/14 5:56pm
07/01/2014 5:56 PM
Flanders Fire Department volunteers fighting a much fire Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Flanders Fire Department volunteers fighting a much fire Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Firefighters were called to extinguish a brush fire hidden in the woods of a Northampton area golf course Tuesday afternoon.

Flanders, Riverhead, and East Quogue departments were all called to the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club off County Road 31 about 3:45 p.m., said Flanders Fire Chief Joe Petit. (more…)

05/02/13 1:36pm
05/02/2013 1:36 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters put out a small brush fire Thursday afternoon on the west side of Lake Avenue.

The Riverhead Fire Department made quick work of a small brush fire on the side of Lake Avenue in Riverside Thursday afternoon.

The fire was called in at about 12:20 p.m. and was limited to an approximately 30 foot area on the west side of Lake Avenue, just north of Lakeview Drive, and at the edge of land that is Suffolk County Parkland.

Firefighters quickly had the blaze under control and left the scene in about 20 minutes.

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04/30/13 7:19pm
04/30/2013 7:19 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Fire Department brush truck heads into the woods near a Calverton development Tuesday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Fire Department brush truck heads into the woods near a Calverton development Tuesday afternoon.

Riverhead firefighters doused a brush fire the length of a football field in a section of woods near a Calverton development Tuesday evening, preventing the fire from spreading, fire officials said.

Fire officials were called to the Calverton Hills development at 5:09 p.m. to investigate reports of people smelling smoke near the basketball courts off Wooded Way, said first assistant chief Joseph Raynor. Fire chiefs soon located the fire across the street in a hilly section of woods behind a series of apartment buildings, he said.

The fire, which was roughly 100 yards across, was put out by firefighters using pumpers and brush trucks, Mr. Raynor said. Firefighters used the brush trucks — vehicles specifically designed to knock down trees — to clear a path to the fire.

The volunteers also had to contend with onlookers, some of whom were children who ran close to the fire trucks or rode their bikes around them as the firefighters tried to enter the woods.

By 6 p.m., the fire was extinguished and fire crews were spraying the ground with water to “mop up” any smoldering remains of the fire.

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