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Mattituck firefighters douse the last of a small brush fire on Bay Avenue Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Mattituck firefighters water down the last of a small brush fire on Bay Avenue Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Bay Avenue resident was cited by Southold police after setting a pile of leaves in a barrel on fire — which jumped to a strip of nearby wetlands and caused a small brush fire, authorities said.  (more…)

04/09/13 3:00pm
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TIM GANNON PHOTO | A small brush fire in Laurel Tuesday brings to light the growing danger this time of year to brush fires, a year after the massive wildfire in Manorville, Calverton and Ridge.

Firefighters from the Mattituck and Cutchogue departments put out a brush fire deep in the woods off Kirkup Drive in Laurel Tuesday afternoon.

The fire, which was called in about 1 p.m., was in a cedar tree farm southwest of the Juniper Hill greenhouses.

Firefighters had it out shortly after it 2 p.m., but it brings it to light how this is the worst time of year for brush fires, according to Mattituck Fire Chief Vinnie Tirelli.

“The county just upgraded it to high alert,” he said. “Everything is perfect for brush fires. With this one, the wind picked up right when I got here and ran the fire [in another direction].”

The Mattituck department responded with two engines, a tanker and an ambulance, and Cutchogue brought a brush truck, Mr. Tirelli said.

No one was injured, he said.

Tuesday’s brush fire occurred exactly one year after the large brush fire that burned more than 1,000 acres in Manorville, Ridge and Calverton last year.

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11/09/11 3:21pm
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Beth Young photo

The Mattituck Fire Department quickly extinguished a brush fire on Lloyd’s Lane Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters received the call just before 2  p.m. and had nearly extinguished the fire just 20 minutes later, said  firefighters on the scene hosing down the smoldering remains of leaves burning in an empty lot on a cul de sac at the end of the Soundfront road.

No one was home at a nearby house and no one was hurt, firefighters said.