However as the county continues to investigate, a Department of Environmental Conservation document reportedly concluded arson is to blame.
The report quotes State Forest Ranger Col. Andrew Jacob as saying: "Someone willfully set the forest on fire in some kind of action."
While the Newsday report states the DEC gave the cause of the fire an "incendiary classification," Suffolk County Police did not say on Wednesday night that arson was the cause. Though an unnatural spark seems to be evident.
"The fire is still under investigation," said a Suffolk County Police spokeswoman. "But it does not appear to be started by nature, such as lightning."