Brush fire at Staten Island park

April 24, 2008 7:56:14 AM PDT
The New York City Fire Department is working to contain a large brush fire at Great Kills Park on Staten Island. More than 100 firefighters are at the scene; no injuries are reported.

Great Kills Park is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area; the wildlife there includes an osprey nesting ground.

The park also features nature trails, a boat launch, fishing areas and a model airplane field.

In upstate New York, dry conditions also have sparked recent grass and brush fires - including a 3,100-acre blaze in the Catskill Mountains. The conditions there have prompted widespread bans on open burning.


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