Newsday file photos of the 1995 Sunrise Highway fire.
Firemen silhouetted against a pine tree that lost its foliage in the time it takes to blink an eye. (Aug. 25, 1995)
New York Gov. George Pataki looks out at the fires burning on Aug. 23, 1995, in eastern Long Island.
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 firefighter staging ground on Aug. 22, 1995, looking south from over the hamlet of Ridge.
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.
Yaphank firefighter Stacy Accardi takes a break. (Aug. 22, 1995)
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. 25, 1995, before heading deep into the wooded area to fight the brush fire.
Firefighter Joseph Reheusben, left, from West Islip with an unnamed firefighter take a break. (Aug. 25, 1995)
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 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 how close the wildfire came to homes.
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 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.
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 111 overpass on Route 51 on Aug. 26, 1995 near the fire scene.
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 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 on Aug. 25, 1995, after a wildfire passed through.
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 obscures the Westhampton Beach airport on Aug. 24, 1995.
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 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.
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 barrens still smoldered on Aug. 26, 1995.
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 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 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.