Local fire departments in the Patchogue and Medford area have been activated for the that have been ongoing since Monday.
The was sent out to the fire at around 3:30 p.m. Monday said the department’s public information officer. Many of the firefighters stayed at the scene through 9:30 p.m., others as late as 2 a.m. The department was reactivated at 5 a.m. and the volunteers have continued to be on the scene as much as possible said the officer.
Second Lt. Charlie Samolinski was among the firefighters deployed Tuesday morning and commented to Patch that conditions have improved since Monday.
“It's a lot better today,” Samolinski said. “So much less windy.”
The Medford Fire Department has been deployed since 3:04 p.m. Monday and have rotated in eight-hour shifts ever since said the department’s chief, William Hart through department supervisor Chris Schiera. While the firefighters have rotated, their vehicle has not left the site since Monday. Approximately 30 firefighters from the department have been working on the Manorville brush fires.
A firefighter from the North Patchogue Fire Department wrote in to Patch stating that he and other members also responded Monday at 3 p.m. and stayed through 3 a.m. Tuesday.
No injuries were reported from either department.
Patch has also reached out to the Hagerman Fire Department and the North Patchogue Fire Department and will update as more information becomes available.
Joseph Pinciaro contributed to this story.
Update 4/11/12 1:41 p.m.: Updated with information from a North Patchogue firefighter.