GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Flames on Cat Island are now under control. Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said he believes the brush fire was started by a lightning strike Wednesday evening on the east end of the island.
Firefighters from Biloxi and Gulfport worked with DMR's Marine Patrol, the Coast Guard and crews with the Mississippi Forestry Commission to control the flames. There are a handful of homes on the privately owned portion of the island, but Sullivan said none of the structures were in danger or damaged.
Sullivan estimates six acres of land on the island was burned. The fire was first reported around 4:40 p.m. from someone along the beach who spotted smoke.