Firefighters douse Riverside brush fire

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Volunteer firefighters in a Riverhead Fire Department brush truck spray down a brush fire in Riverside Monday evening.

Firefighters from the Riverhead and Flanders Fire Departments put out a brush fire that burned several hundred feet of woods along Lake Avenue in Riverside Monday night.

Riverhead firefighters received the call about 5:30 p.m., and were the first to arrive on the scene. The fire began along the western side of the roadway near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Lakeview Drive, fire officials said. It burned about 300 feet near the roadway, though it was initially unclear how far the fire reached into the woods.

Flanders firefighters were called in to assist and both departments used brush trucks to get into the trees to fight the fire. Lake Avenue was closed southbound from the Riverside traffic circle as firefighters put out the blaze.

By 6 p.m., the fire was under control, with firefighters spraying down the side of the roadway to prevent the fire from smoldering.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Riverhead’s Second Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Brooks said.