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Jul 7, 2019 5:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Manorville Brush Fire Results In Road Closures On Busy Holiday Weekend

Jul 9, 2019 12:59 PM

A brush fire in Manorville near County Road 111 forced emergency personnel to shut down a major link between Sunrise Highway and the Long Island Expressway on Sunday afternoon.

Suffolk County Police said the northbound lanes of County Road 111 were closed between Sunrise Highway and Hot Water Street. Exit 61 of Sunrise Highway also was closed to westbound traffic.

The nearly 15-acre fire was reported at 2:07 p.m., and crews left the scene by 10 p.m.

Eastport Fire Department public information officer John Dalen said the fire was reported by a pilot who was in the air and smelled smoke in the area.

The call prompted 10 EMS departments and nine fire police units to respond to the scene.

Some of the responding departments included Suffolk County Police, Suffolk County EMS, State Forestry Service, Brookhaven Town Park Rangers and Suffolk County Park Rangers.

Fire departments from Jamesport, Riverhead, Wading River, Quogue, Westhampton Beach, Flanders, Cutchogue, Eastport and Mattituck also responded, along with ambulance crews from Westhampton, Flanders and Riverhead.

Emergency personnel arrived with 15 brush trucks, eight engines and eight tankers.

Although the fire was in Manorville, the area overlapped with Eastport and command responsibilities were split between the respective fire departments.

Eastport Assistant Chief Joe Tortorice assisted crews in the air in the Suffolk County Police helicopter by locating broken down fire trucks and strategizing positions of other trucks on the ground.

Mr. Dalen said on Monday that there was a lot of low-lying brush that caught fire and that the fire was not high up in the trees. Had the fire been higher up, he said, it would have been a big problem.

“This could have been a really bad one,” Mr. Dalen said. “This one didn’t get out of hand. There’s a lot of brush and it’s ready to go. We’ve had a lot of rain the past few months, and that’s probably what’s preventing it from going yet, but it’s starting to dry out now.”

The road closures resulted in heavy traffic, as Sunday marked the end of the Fourth of July week.

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By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jul 7, 19 6:15 PM
Glad I'm not heading northwest on 111 this evening. Is it just me or was this July 4th really more crowded than ever before?
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Jul 7, 19 7:58 PM
It's not just you. It was the worst ever.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jul 7, 19 11:12 PM
There should be something like. what a good job the fireman did and that no one got hurt or no loose of life or property . Traffic there is other ways to get around.
By Shawn Ethier (10), Westhampton Beach on Jul 8, 19 8:57 AM
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Firefighters worked tirelessly under dangerous conditions to keep this fire from spreading. They and the ambulance crews, park rangers, and police officers who were there to support them were on scene for approximately six hours. Having to face some extra traffic on your way home is a very minor inconvenience by comparison.
By Neely (17), Westhampton Beach on Jul 8, 19 11:41 AM