Firefighters save hundreds of homes in Manorville

April 18, 2012 4:12:51 AM PDT
Firefighters on Long Island saved hundreds of homes from being destroyed by a brush fire Tuesday.

The fire, which started around 2 p.m., scorched about 150 acres of the bone dry pine barrens in Manorville. Smoke could be seen rising from miles away at the height of it.

Volunteer firefighters from 35 towns knocked down the fire.

Not one building was damaged.

The tree line was just a few feet away from 300 homes and a day care center, which were temporarily evacuated.

It was the second wildfire in Manorville in a week. Last week, 1,000 acres burned to the ground, taking with it homes and buildings, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in Suffolk County and residents to pray for rain.

One local official described the barrens as thousands of acres of forest filled with thousands of acres of potential fuel. CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM THIS BRUSH FIRE AND OTHERS FROM LAST WEEK ON LONG ISLAND

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