Fire erupts on a Lake Norman island. Billowing smoke can be seen for miles
The islands encompass nearly 300 acres and nearly 30 miles of shoreline, according to the longtime group. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Billowing smoke could be seen for miles Tuesday morning from a fire on one of various islands dotting Lake Norman, fire officials said. Just after sunrise, the Huntersville Fire Department released photos on Twitter of smoke from what the department identified as Lynch Island at the southern end of the 520-mile lake. The island is off Henry Lane, the department said. Henry Lane is off N.C. 73 and extends along a Lake Norman peninsula. Google Maps identifies a beach at the southern tip of the island as Hammock Beach. The fire was expected to burn throughout Tuesday, but a morning thunderstorm a...