COCKE COUNTY - The smoke started billowing on Neddy Mountain Friday, and by Saturday morning two families were asked to pack their things and head down the mountain, quickly.
There are only two homes at the summit of the mountain in Cocke County. The Lopez couple, who live with their four Yorkie dogs, and the Bowers couple.
"This is what we worked for our entire lives. It's the place we retired to enjoy it and you know it's our home," said James Lopez.
Lopez and his wife, Tery, moved to the mountain in 2015 from Illinois. They love it.
"We have this beautiful view. It's usually just mountains and the river. It's quiet and we prefer it that way," he said.
The Bowers couple has been enjoying the same views for the past nine years.
"It's like being on vacation every day. I wake up and get my coffee and I look out and there's mountains and there's rivers," said Lurline Bowers.
The mountains and rivers are now clouded with thick white smoke. The mountain this family calls home is burning. Since Friday, it's burned about 1,100 acres.
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The smoke clouding their panoramic view on Monday, is nothing like the scene on Saturday.
"The fire was lapping right in here so that's how close it was. You can see it's still smoldering," said Lopez, pointing to a charred forest about 20 feet from his home.
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