Riverhead and Flanders firefighters fought an early morning brush fire in the woods off Old Quogue Road in Riverside Sunday.

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Trash and discarded wood pallets are strewn about the lot fronting Old Quogue Road in Riverside, where multiple camps of people are living in the woods. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Fire Chief Joe Raynor said the fire appears to have been sparked by a camp fire in the woods. There are a lot homeless people living back there, Raynor said.

The fire burned about 12 acres, First Assistant Chief Kevin Brooks said.

Riverhead responded to the 5:30 a.m. call with two brush trucks and a tanker. Flanders Fire Department, responded to a mutual aid call with a brush truck.2015_0809_brush_fire3

The equipment entered the woods by way of a dirt driveway on the flag lot at 78 Old Quogue Road. The woodlands borders the Riverside Enterprise Zone park and athletic fields behinds Phillips Avenue Elementary.

A Southampton Town fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate. There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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Firefighters refill a brush truck with water from a tanker. Photo: Denise Civiletti
Firefighters refill a brush truck with water from a tanker. Photo: Denise Civiletti

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