West Hills Trails and Horse Stables Intact After Fire

Suffolk County park is left mostly undamaged after overnight blaze engulfs four acres.

The trails, campsites and horseback riding facility of West Hills County Park are unscathed after flames ripped through the area, a park official said.

Flames erupted in the Melville park late Sunday night and devoured four acres by early Monday morning.  

The fire was far enough away from the park's recreational areas so that the horse stables, picnic area, playground, meeting hall, bridle paths, dog run and horseback riding facility went unharmed.

All trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail to Jayne's Hill, which is Long Island's highest peak, are also intact.

Brush and undergrowth from years of fallen leaves and branches were most affected, the park official added.


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