Brush fires bring vivid flashbacks of '95 inferno

The fast-moving wildfires that have charred about 1,000 acres in eastern Suffolk County have many residents and first responders harkening back to 1995, when a

MANORVILLE - The fast-moving wildfires that have charred about 1,000 acres in eastern Suffolk County have many residents and first responders harkening back to 1995, when a massive wildfire ripped through the pine barrens.

That fire burned about 7,000 acres and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in the Westhampton area.

Fire officials say that since 1995, communications have improved greatly, making it easier for different agencies to team up and tackle the flames. Other firefighting technology has improved as well, like the water pumps and heavy-duty trucks that are now used.

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