David Rainer11:47 p.m. CDT July 26, 2014
There's almost nothing that will get your attention more than wildfire, especially when it happens on such an eco-sensitive location as Dauphin Island.
Unfortunately, that rude awakening occurred three years ago when a spark that originated somewhere on the edge of the campground roared through 80 acres of pristine, barrier island habitat.
That prompted action from several entities, including the one responsible for the island's habitat, the Dauphin Island Parks and Beach Board. After more than a year of jumping through hoops of various sizes, the board was granted a conservation easement on a 160-acre tract on the east side of the island. The bulk of that tract is the Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary.