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Firefighters stand on a mound as the Sunrise (Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Firefighters stand on a mound as the Sunrise Fire burns on Aug. 25, 1995, in Southampton Town.

1995 Sunrise fire photos

Newsday file photos of the 1995 Sunrise Highway fire.

Firemen silhouetted against a pine tree that lost
(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Firemen silhouetted against a pine tree that lost its foliage in the time it takes to blink an eye. (Aug. 25, 1995)

Air Force C-130 drops 3,000 gallons of water
(Credit: Newsday / Ken Sawchuk)

Air Force C-130 drops 3,000 gallons of water on an area of Pine Barrens near 27 and Speonk-Riverhead Road late this afternoon. (Aug. 26, 1995)

New York Gov. George Pataki looks out at
(Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood)

New York Gov. George Pataki looks out at the fires burning on Aug. 23, 1995, in eastern Long Island.

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A New York State helicopter carrying a bucket
(Credit: Arthur Noble)

A New York State helicopter carrying a bucket of water lifts off on Aug. 22, 1995, from Deep Pond at the Schiff Scout Reservation in Wading River after reloading. The chopper was sent from Albany to help fight the brush fire in Middle Island.

An aerial view shows a wildfire and a
(Credit: Newsday / Cliff DeBear)

An aerial view shows a wildfire and a firefighter staging ground on Aug. 22, 1995, looking south from over the hamlet of Ridge.

Members of the U.S. Forest Service camping behind
(Credit: Newsday / Dan Goodrich)

Members of the U.S. Forest Service camping behind the command center at what was then known as Suffolk Community College. (Aug. 26, 1995)

Smoke and flames seen from Montauk Highway looking
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Smoke and flames seen from Montauk Highway looking toward Westhampton Beach last night around 7 p.m. (Aug. 24, 1995)

Then Suffolk County Community College campus security guard
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Then Suffolk County Community College campus security guard Jim Short uses a small pump on Aug. 26, 1995 to extinguish hot spots near the fire?s place of origin on the campus.

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Yaphank firefighter Stacy Accardi takes a break. (Aug.
(Credit: Newsday / John H. Cornell Jr.)

Yaphank firefighter Stacy Accardi takes a break. (Aug. 22, 1995)

Plainview firefighters sleep on the hose bed of
(Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

Plainview firefighters sleep on the hose bed of their pumper as they wait to return to the action. (Aug. 25, 1995)

Firefighters wait for the right moment on Aug.
(Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

Firefighters wait for the right moment on Aug. 25, 1995, before heading deep into the wooded area to fight the brush fire.

Firefighter Joseph Reheusben, left, from West Islip with
(Credit: Newsday / Phillip Davies)

Firefighter Joseph Reheusben, left, from West Islip with an unnamed firefighter take a break. (Aug. 25, 1995)

A weary firefighter rests on the back of
(Credit: Newsday / John Keating)

A weary firefighter rests on the back of a truck on Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Thursday. (Aug. 24, 1995)

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Firefighters from the East Meadow Fire Department take
(Credit: Newsday / David Pokress)

Firefighters from the East Meadow Fire Department take a break on Aug. 25, 1995. They are, from left, Scott Farber, Bob Duggan, Mike Baumann, Chris Sala and Walter Griffin.

Firemen and rescue workers gather for food at
(Credit: Newsday / John Keating)

Firemen and rescue workers gather for food at the command center at Sunrise Highway and Speonk Road. The command center was later moved to the airport because of too much smoke. (Aug. 26, 1995)

An aerial view on Aug. 27, 1995, shows
(Credit: Newsday / Tom Koeniges)

An aerial view on Aug. 27, 1995, shows how close the wildfire came to homes.

On Sunday members of the U.S. Forest Service's
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

On Sunday members of the U.S. Forest Service's elite "Hot Shot" team put out smoldering embers in the charred woods that surround the Hampton West Estates development, which also includes the U.S. Coast Guard housing area, during their mopping up operation. This contingent of the "Hot Shot" team is based in the Wenachee National Forest in Washington state. Shown here are Gabriel Flores, left, and Christina Scheffel. (Aug. 27, 1995)

Brad Washa, a fire management specialist for the
(Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer)

Brad Washa, a fire management specialist for the Nature Conservancy, and Susan Antenen, director of science and stewardship for the Nature Conservancy of Long Island, examine the soil in the burned area on Aug. 30, 1995.

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Susan Antenen, director of science and stewardship for
(Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer)

Susan Antenen, director of science and stewardship for the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, and Brad Washa, fire management specialist for the nature conservancy, walk through burned area of the Dwarf Pine Plains on Aug. 30, 1995.

A banner thanking firefighters hangs from a Route
(Credit: Newsday / Ken Sawchuk)

A banner thanking firefighters hangs from a Route 111 overpass on Route 51 on Aug. 26, 1995 near the fire scene.

Firefighters with the Miller Place Fire Department about
(Credit: Newsday / John H. Cornell Jr.)

Firefighters with the Miller Place Fire Department about 3 a.m. Aug. 23, 1995, on Manor Road in Wading River.

At left, Rachelle Bruyette, who works at a
(Credit: Newsday / Phillip Davies)

At left, Rachelle Bruyette, who works at a pet store, reacts to her friend, Janice Hurley, who says she has left her dog locked in her house. (Aug. 25, 1995)

A house on Station Road in Westhampton smolders
(Credit: Newsday / Phillip Davies)

A house on Station Road in Westhampton smolders on Aug. 25, 1995, after a wildfire passed through.

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Smoke clouds obscure the entire horizon looking north
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Smoke clouds obscure the entire horizon looking north on Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Village. (Aug. 24, 1995)

Firefighters stand on a mound as the Sunrise
(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Firefighters stand on a mound as the Sunrise Fire burns on Aug. 25, 1995, in Southampton Town.

Smoke from a fire west of Gabreski Airport
(Credit: Newsday / Cliff DeBear)

Smoke from a fire west of Gabreski Airport obscures the Westhampton Beach airport on Aug. 24, 1995.

Firefighters and emergency personnel stand in the shade
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Firefighters and emergency personnel stand in the shade of an overpass on Sunrise HWY and view the smoke-filled sky, caused by brush fires.. (August 24, 1995)

Firefighters from the Farmingville Fire Department battle the
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Firefighters from the Farmingville Fire Department battle the leading edge of one of the brush fires on Aug. 22, 1995, in Middle Island. The fires eventually burned through hundreds of acres of pine barrens.

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Two fawns wander on Aug. 24, 1995, among
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Two fawns wander on Aug. 24, 1995, among the charred timbers of the pine barrens that surround the Hampton West Estates development. The housing development was surrounded by a wildfire on three sides, although firefighters were able to save all the homes.

Even after the flames were extinguished the pine
(Credit: Newsday / David Pokress)

Even after the flames were extinguished the pine barrens still smoldered on Aug. 26, 1995.

The Melville Fire Department stump jumper, a small
(Credit: Steve Silverman)

The Melville Fire Department stump jumper, a small pumper, was trapped by flames and destroyed in the Sunrise Fire. It was removed on Aug. 27, 1995.

A truck carrying firefighters passes through a blizzard
(Credit: Newsday/John Keating)

A truck carrying firefighters passes through a blizzard of confetti as residents cheer them on during Sunday's parade in Westhampton Beach to honor all the Long Island firefighters who battled the Sunrise fires. (October 1,1995)

Grateful residents and onlookers line a parade route
(Credit: Newsday / John Cornell)

Grateful residents and onlookers line a parade route on Oct. 1, 1995, in Westhampton as firetrucks roll by for a hero's parade. The parade was in honor of the work firefighters did on what has become known as the Sunrise Fire.

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