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Firefighters Operate at Stubborn Mulch Fire in Medford

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | October 11, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 101320117

Medford, NY - On Sunday, October 11th at about 3:30 P.M., the Medford FD was activated for a report of a mulch fire at Your Yard Materials on Cedarhurst Ave., off Addison Pl.

On arrival, Medford’s Chief found a large pile of mulch burning into the landscaping yard. Based on the size of the pile and the lack of hydrants close to the fire location, the chief requested that Fire-Com activate mutual aids to the scene.

The first resources to be requested to the scene were for ladders from Farmingville and Yaphank, followed by Manorville and Middle Island for tankers which would be used to supply the ladders. Multiple engines were also dispatched to the scene to shuttle water to supply the tankers.

Responding departments included Medford (multiple engines), Yaphank (1 engine and 1 ladder), Manorville (1 tanker), Middle Island (1 engine & 1 tanker), Farmingville (1 ladder and 1 engine), Holtsville (1 engine to the scene), Ridge (1 tanker), Hagerman (1 engine and 1 ladder), and North Patchogue who stood by for Medford.

Firefighters operated into the evening hours, dousing the mulch piles with water from above while heavy machine operators turned over the pile to minimize any hotspots. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal was on scene to assist as well as to investigate.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.