Flames creep close to homes again near Neddy Mountain fire

Nov. 16, 2016: Just as the sun set Wednesday, a hot spot flared up outside the containment lines on Neddy Mountain.

COCKE COUNTY - Embers, flames and smoke are all a familiar sight for firefighters working to control the Neddy Mountain fire. 

The fire has burned more than 1,000 acres and was 85 percent contained until a new fire sparked up outside the containment lines Wednesday afternoon. 

Firefighters quickly rushed to protect homes nearby like the Styles' home off the highway down below from the mountain. 

"They've just been a blessing and I can't thank them enough for what they've done," said Charlotte Styles. "They've protected us every step of the way."

Charlotte hugged her grandson, Tanner, while she watched the fire burn close by. Tanner is a volunteer firefighter who has been working to protect homes like his family's for the past several days. 

"You just never think it's going to happen to you. Whenever the call came over the radio and I started listening to the address and I started thinking that it sounded familiar and it ended up being mine," Tanner Styles said. 

He said the fire fight has been exhausting and stressful given how dry the conditions are outside. 

Fire officials like Cliff King said this fire season is the worst he's seen in decades. 

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen it here," he said. "Most firefighters haven’t seen it in the whole region eight Southeastern area in 50 years."

King added, the drought conditions are making it hard to knock down fires and keep them from spreading. 

"We are having pretty extreme fire behavior all night long," King said. 

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(© 2016 WBIR)


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