Long Island Towns Escape Forest Fires
Forest and brush fires raged for four days over a portion of Long Island, N. Y., early in May, threatening the villages of Patchogue, Holbrook and North Bluepoint, and giving the Fire Departments of several of the municipalities plenty of work to do in subduing the flames in the brush. A blaze in the northern limits of Patchogue raged for more than 28 hours, and was not subdued until it came within the hydrant limits of the town. This fire devastated an area five miles long and two miles wide, including the undeveloped district of Pine Lawn Cemetery. Other fires were in the brush lands of four estates and kept the firemen of Locust Valley and Oyster Bay busy. Ten Fire Departments in all were in service during the fires.
Photo by H. A. Schoenhals.
In the path of the fire near Patchogue were highly inflammable brush, forming part of the posted grounds of three gunning clubs, and much game was destroyed before this was controlled by the combined efforts of the Fire Departments and volunteers. The fire started near Holbrook, and was considered under control several times, only to break out in a different spot, and compel the fire fighters to rush their apparatus to the danger point involved.
The fire continued to creep toward the village of Patchogue until it reached the points where fire hydrants were situated, when it was brought under control.
The illustration shows apparatus of the Amityville and East Farmingdale Fire Departments on the way to fight a blaze at Pine Lawn, L. I, assisted by the workers of the Belmont State Park Commission.