Blaze in Nature Preserve Forces Hundreds to Flee

<i> Reuters</i>

More than 700 people were evacuated Tuesday from the Long Island town of Rocky Point when a fire in a nature preserve raged out of control, police said.

Officials said that more than 1,000 police officers and firefighters from 78 fire stations in nearby towns were at the scene, about 50 miles east of New York City. They said a state of emergency had been declared in the area.

The fire began Monday in the Rocky Point National Resource Management Area and spread across 2,000 acres, forcing people in nearby hamlets to flee, officials said. Two firefighters had minor injuries.