• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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Fire Island National Seashore Remains Closed Following Hurricane Sandy

View of Watch Hill beach before and after Hurricane Sandy: 06-28-2012 and 10-31-2012
View of Watch Hill's duneline before the storm and after Hurricane Sandy.

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Date: November 3, 2012
Contact: Paula Valentine, 631-687-4759

All Fire Island National Seashore facilities remain closed following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy on Monday evening, October 29, 2012. Damage assessments are still underway, and all access to Fire Island is prohibited, even by private boat. Both the Town of Islip and the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County have extended their mandatory evacuation orders for Fire Island.

Additional information and updates will be provided when available.


Aerial view of Watch Hill, Fire Island, on November 2, 2012.
Fire Island National Seashore facilities at Watch Hill, taken on November 2, 2012.
NPS Photo/Dunphy

Did You Know?

Piping Plover on sandy beach.

The Piping Plover is one of Fire Island National Seashore's threatened and endangered species. It makes its nest above the high tide line on clean, undeveloped beaches in the early spring. Chicks are fledged by late summer. More...