"The abundance of phragmites – an invasive, non-native species of weed which grows in dense thickets and gets dangerously dry in fire season – put Islanders' lives and property at risk, said state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R -Staten Island), who blasted the state Department of Environmental Conservation for "lack of action" on phragmite removal."
More than 250 New York City firefighters from the five boroughs battled two brush fires, including a six-alarm in Great Kills Park. The park is part of the Federal National Park Service's (NPS) Gateway National Recreation Area. For decades residents around the park have been forced to endure large brush fires in part caused by a lack of maintenance and security of the large natural areas. The park is full of inavasives including phragmites which act like kindling for fires.
In some areas the fire burned within twenty yards of a residential area. Great Kills Park was the scene of a four-alarm brush fire as recently as March 9, 2010. The park is owned by the NPS but is supervised by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. (Photo: Chad Rachman/New York Post)
Staten Island Advance - September 08, 2010 - By Kiawana Rich and Deborah Young
WPIX - September 8, 2010
WABC News - September 08, 2010 - Jeff Pegues
WNBC - September 8, 2010 - By Tom Llamas and Diana Lehnert
WABC - September 09, 2010
New York Daily News - September 9, 2010 - By Edgar Sandoval and Jonathan
New York Post - September 9, 2010
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My Fox - March 9, 2010
Brush fire under control at Great Kills park on Staten Island
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - April 24, 2008