Update Thursday, July 14: The brush fire broke out again in the middle of the night in the same places as Wednesday afternoon, according to Chief Tom Moran of the North Lindenhurst Fire Department. Fire officials think sparks from a passing freight train may have started the brush fire. It was again extinguished by the departments.
Update 7:29 p.m.: The brush fire is under control, but one firefighter was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for heat exhaustion. He was treated and has since been released. The LIRR did not suspend any evening service. Six total departments helped control the fire: East Farmingdale, Village of Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, Wyandanch, North Amityville and North Lindenhurst.
A large brush fire along the Route 109 train tracks has not yet caused any injuries but may suspend LIRR service in the area, fire officials said.
East Farmingdale firefighters at the scene said that the fire could extend as far as Straight Path Road and that a specialized fire vehicle called a Sump Jumper was being used to climb the tracks to pump water to the brush.
The arrived at the scene just before 2:30 p.m. The Wyandanch and Amityville departments are providing assistance. MTA Police are evaluating whether to suspend service between Hicksville and Farmingdale because of the fire.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.