New York, December 10, 2018 — In the New York City area, nearly 1,500 homes have been destroyed by wildfires, including some that are more than 100 years old, according to the National Weather Service.
In all, more than 7,000 homes have burned in the city and its suburbs, the Weather Service said.
The vast majority of the fires have been in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but a few fires have also been reported in Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, and Westchester.
In many cases, residents have been left without power for days.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and sent more than 200,000 National Guard troops to New York.
He called for an urgent evacuation and ordered state and local authorities to set up evacuation centers to provide services to residents.
The fire that started Friday night was among several fires that have scorched a swath of Brooklyn and Staten Island in recent days, and has forced residents to relocate their homes.
The fires have killed two people and damaged more than 1,400 others, including one person who was killed in a house fire in Westchester County.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.