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KP Fire Chief: It Was "A Wall of Smoke"

Chief O'Brien recounts how Kings Park fire crews aided efforts to extinguish the Manorville and Ridge brush fires.

Kings Park fire chief Mark O'Brien on Tuesday described what his fire crews saw upon arriving at the Ridge and Manorville brush fires on Monday: "It was a wall of smoke."

"It was just a wall of smoke," he said. "That’s what the guys were encountering as they went in there. The guys saw plenty of fire, a wall of smoke."

As of noon on Tuesday, O'Brien said, King's Park first assistant chief Danny Guilfoil and a crew of seven volunteers with a brush truck remained at the scene helping firefighters from around Long Island extinguish the fire, which officials described as "almost entirely extinguished."

"It’s definitely one of the biggest brush fires I’ve seen in a very long time, since the wildfires of 1995" in Westhampton, O'Brien said.

The first Kings Park crew arrived at about 4:15 p.m. Monday and returned home at around 10 p.m. Monday night. A second crew arrived home at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Hundreds of firefighters attacked two main blazes, one in Ridge and one in Manorville. O'Brien said the Kings Park crews initially were sent to attack the Ridge fire before being reassigned to the Manorville fire.

"Trying to keep track of everybody and where they were going was very difficult," O'Brien said. "I thought they did a great job. The job our guys did was tremendous."

Jeanette Lush April 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Our Kings Park Fire Dept did a great job once again! We are lucky to have them.
Chris Philbin April 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
My Family here in KP is VERY PROUD of our Guy at Kings Park Fire Dept.
Eileen Madden April 12, 2012 at 02:16 AM
thank you for the good work you all did .
Jean Marie April 12, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Thank you KPFD and all others that helped. May God bless you all.

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