Campers evacuated after fire erupts on Portage Island

No one was injured in the fire, which had burned an estimated five acres of forestland on the undeveloped island by 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Multiple reports of smoke and flames started coming into 911 dispatch at 4:03 p.m. “It’s burned from the beach on the south part of the island up into the trees,” said Bill Hewett, assistant chief for Fire District 8 in Marietta, which was the first fire crew on the scene. About 40 or 50 campers were on the island when the fire started, Hewett said.