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Where is Fire Island located on Long Island?

Is Fire Island the same as Jones Beach Island?

  • Occasionally, the name is used to refer collectively to not only the central island, but also Long Beach Barrier Island, Jones Beach Island, and Westhampton Island, since the straits which separate these islands are ephemeral. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy once again divided Fire Island into two islands.

When did Fire Island Inlet break through?

  • Around 1683, Fire Island Inlet broke through, separating it from Jones Beach Island. The Fire Island Inlet grew to 9 miles (14 km) in width before receding.

How far is Fire Island Lighthouse from the inlet?

  • The Fire Island Lighthouse was built in 1858, right on the inlet, but Fire Island's western terminus at Democrat Point has steadily moved west so that the lighthouse today is 6 miles (10 km) from the inlet.

image-Where is Fire Island located on Long Island?
image-Where is Fire Island located on Long Island?
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