The Galveston Fire Department and other local departments were battling a large brush fire at Galveston's East End Flats late Thursday afternoon.
The fire started about 3:15 p.m., Galveston Fire Department Chief Mike Wisko said. At about that time, he estimated the fire was burning about 400 acres of the uninhabited area of the island.
The fire was between Seawall Boulevard and Ferry Road. There was no immediate threat to life or property, Wisko said, although strong winds are blowing in the direction of U.S. Coast Guard Station Galveston and some apartment buildings.
Galveston County and Santa Fe brush fire trucks were called to the island to help deal with the fire.
Officials late Thursday didn't yet know the cause of the fire.