MANORVILLE - Fire officials say that the wildfires that charred 1,100 acres from Ridge to Manorville are officially out, and all the firefighters and evacuated residents are now back home. Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation swept through the area today, looking for any remaining hot spots and securing the perimeter. Several local and state agencies are now working to figure out what sparked the massive blaze. The Suffolk County arson squad isn't commenting on the investigation, but a county spokesperson says they are exploring everything, including the possibility that the blaze started with someone burning leaves or brush. Officials are also assessing the area and are trying to find out how much the damage from the wildfires will cost. A total of nine structures, including three homes, were destroyed, along with a heavy duty brush truck from the Manorville Fire Department. Because Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency, officials say it may be easier to get funds to cover lost and damaged equipment and pay firefighters for overtime.
Officials: Suffolk wildfire mostly extinguishedFirefighters continue search for last remaining hot spotsFirefighters battle massive brush fire in Ridge-Manorville area