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Brush fire nearly out near Bethpage Black golf course: Nassau official

A county official said Bethpage Black Course was not damaged by a brush fire that began around noon in a wooded area next to the course. Videojournalists: Jim Staubitser and Kevin Imm (Nov. 4, 2013).

A brush fire at Bethpage State Park in an area adjacent to Bethpage Black Course was under control with just a few hot spots Monday afternoon, officials said.

The fire was "in the underbrush and trees" that adjoin the course and "did not affect the golf course or greens," said Victor Politi, deputy Nassau County executive. No injuries were reported, and there was no threat to nearby homes, he said.

The fire, which was noticed around noon, was in a wooded area west of the Black Course and to the north of the Green Course, said George Gorman, Long Island deputy regional director for state parks.

The fire burned in an area of just less than an acre and was "fanned by the wind," which helped spread it and made it difficult to control, Politi said.

Dry conditions and hard-to-reach hilly, brushy terrain contributed to the challenge, said Farmingdale Fire Department Commissioner Skip Schumeyer. With a lack of rain in the past four months, the area is considered to be at the "moderate drought" level by the U.S. Drought Monitor. That's the least intense of the four drought levels.

Fire departments responding included Farmingdale, East Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, Plainview, Bethpage, North Massapequa, Melville, Lindenhurst, North Lindenhurst, North Amityville, Westbury, Carle Place, West Babylon, Wyandanch, Jericho and Hicksville, with support from the Nassau County police helicopter. The cause was under investigation, Politi said.

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