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Fire fighters battling wildfire in Long Island's gold coast

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Firefighters are still working to battle a stubborn brush fire in a wooded area of Kings Point, although officials say it's now on the way to being 'very much contained.'

More than a dozen fire departments from the north and south shores are battling the blaze, which has scorched an area with a 3-acre radius. The fire is burning within a 100-acre preserve.

Firefighters say parts of the fire are burning 4 feet underground, making it difficult to extinguish. Trucks can't make it inside the preserve, so firefighters say it's a labor-intensive effort that involves shovels and pails of water.

Nassau County Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro says the dry conditions have contributed to the recent rash of brush fires on Long Island and upstate.

"It doesn't look too suspicious," Uttaro says. "It will be investigated when we get people in there, but right now, it doesn't look suspicious."

Wildfires of this magnitude near the posh neighborhoods of the 'gold coast' in Long Island's north shore are relatively rare. 

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