Wildland Fires at Gateway NRA
Although Gateway National Recreation Area is located in the largest urban center in the country, wildfires are a constant threat to the parklands and communities that border the park.
Throughout New York City and in Monmouth County, New Jersey wildfires occur during all times of year. When wildfires strike, park fire management works closely with other agencies, especially the FDNY to ensure fires are extinguished quickly and damage to property is reduced. http://www.nps.gov/fire/fire/fir_wildland.cfm
Great Kills Park Fire, September 2010
Great Kills Park, part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway, suffered the worse fire in the parks history on September 8-17, 2010. This wind driven blaze threatened homes bordering park property and displaced wildlife from their habitats. The fire consumed 145 acres of the park, mainly grasslands. This became the largest wildfire in NYC since April 1963.
REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS FIRES TO:
(NYC) United States Park Police at (718) 338-3988.
(NJ) United States Park Rangers at (732) 872-5900
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Each year some 4,000 Volunteers-in-Parks contribute over 80,000 hours of their time to protect Gateway's natural and historical resources and assist visitors. More...