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East Coast wildfires whipped up by winds

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Firefighters contain a wildfire that started in a wood compost at the former Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York on Tuesday.

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Frank Sisler struggles to carry a burned cart out of a destroyed garage following a large wildfire in Manorville, New York on Tuesday.

Reuters reports: NEW YORK — Raging wildfires fueled by strong winds scorched thousands of acres (hundreds of hectares) in New Jersey and on New York's Long Island on Tuesday as firefighters scrambled aircraft to contain the blazes.

A snowless winter and dry spring have transformed the New York City metropolitan area into a tinderbox, with recent strong winds fanning the flames, authorities said.

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A truck bed rests surrounded by burned trees following a large wildfire in Manorville, New York on Tuesday.

In an early start to fire season, 24 states and Washington, D.C., have posted red flag fire warnings. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

 

 

 

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