- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A large fire on Cat Island was brought under control overnight with no damage to homes, no reported injuries and no calls for an evacuation of the coastal island, authorities reported Thursday.

The fire was reported Wednesday evening and is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

Firefighters from Biloxi and Gulfport worked with the Coast Guard, the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the state Department of Marine Resources to control the flames.

Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said none of the homes on the island were damaged.

“We know there is going to be a lot of vegetation and woods burned,” Sullivan said. “We’ve got a lot of dead trees that are burning and those trees are starting to fall.”

He estimated about six acres of woods and marshy areas on the island burned.

Passers-by and residents along U.S. 90 on the coast could see smoke billowing from the island. Some posted pictures on social media. Smoke was visible as far away as Pass Christian.

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