Sunrise Fire of 1995: How firefighters battled the largest mutual aid fire in state’s history

The summer of '95 on Long Island was a scorcher. The dry conditions and low humidity were perfect for what many had never seen - a wildfire in the Hamptons.

The wildfire would consume thousands of acres of protected Pine Barrens; a fragile and unique eco-system located over Long Island's sole source aquifer.
It was the afternoon of Aug. 24 when Frank Fallow, captain of the Hampton Bays Fire Department, responded with his battalion. However, the fast-moving brush fire quickly turned into walls of oranges flames - rapidly consuming the pitch pine forest.
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John Jordan, a volunteer with the Babylon Fire Department, was among 2,000 volunteer firefighters from across Long Island and the tri-state area that answered the call for help.
"It was pitch black all around you. There was no blue sky over your head. You were in smoke, you were in heat, you were in soot and it was unbelievable," says Jordan.
The 1995 wildfires is perhaps most infamously known for how it managed to jump across the 400-foot wide span of Sunrise Highway.

The volunteer firefighters fought the blaze day and night, and despite the danger they were able to beat it back.
No one was injured, and only a few structures were destroyed.

Meanwhile, the community 25 years later is thankful to the firefighting volunteers and their heroic efforts.