Lightning believed to have sparked Cat Island fire

Lightning believed to have sparked Cat Island fire
Flames are now under control on Cat Island.
Flames are now under control on Cat Island.
Units from Gulfport, Biloxi, DMR Marine Patrol & Coast Guard are all helping in the firefighting efforts at Cat Island. (Photo source: Biloxi Fire Dept.)
Units from Gulfport, Biloxi, DMR Marine Patrol & Coast Guard are all helping in the firefighting efforts at Cat Island. (Photo source: Biloxi Fire Dept.)
There are a few homes on Cat Island, but according to the Coast Guard they are not in danger at this time. (Photo source: Shelia Stopp)
There are a few homes on Cat Island, but according to the Coast Guard they are not in danger at this time. (Photo source: Shelia Stopp)
At 6pm Wednesday, the fire covered about six acres of land on Cat Island. (Photo source: Shelia Stopp)
At 6pm Wednesday, the fire covered about six acres of land on Cat Island. (Photo source: Shelia Stopp)

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.

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