Suspicious fire on uninhabited island in Kitty Hawk Bay lights up evening sky

Marsh fire in Kitty Hawk Bay on March 2, 2020. [Chad Williams photo]

Flames burned an uninhabited island in Kitty Hawk Bay Monday evening, with flames visible in Colington and off Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills.

The fire is not a controlled burn, and is burning on the same island — Baum Point Island north of the Colington causeway — where an arson fire was set last March, said N.C. Forestry Service District Fire Ranger John C. Cook.

The fire. on land under the Kitty Hawk Woods coastal reserve, is under investigation and being monitored by the forest service. Personnel will go out in the morning and take action if needed to stop the smoke, Cook said.

Last year, investigators ruled a similar fire on Baum Point Island an arson.

Cook said anyone with information about tonight’s fire is asked to contact the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

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