City firefighters this morning are still on the scene of a now contained brush fire on Staten Island.
The fire broke out just before noon yesterday in an area used for composting at the former Fresh Kills landfill.
Steady winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour fanned the flames.
The fire sent thick smoke into several neighborhoods but did not threaten any homes in the mostly unpopulated area of the island.
The fire hit five alarms with some 200 firefighters battling the flames.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The fire snarled traffic along the West Shore Expressway, even forcing its closure at one point.
Firefighters brought the fire under control around 4 a.m.
FDNY officials say they may have to stay at the scene for days to make sure hot spots do not flare up.
By: NY1 News