UPDATE: Neddy Mountain fire 75 percent contained

Nov. 14, 2016: Fire crews are making progress across the map in Tennessee as only one major fire in the state is now less than 70 percent contained.

Update 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Neddy Mountain fire in Cocke County is now 75 percent contained, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said Tuesday afternoon. 

Helicopters and ground crews have been fighting the fire which has grown to 885 acres since the weekend.

PREVIOUS STORY: U.S. Highway 25/70 in Cocke County reopened late Monday afternoon after crews spent the day fighting back against a fire that's been threatening some homes. 

Authorities shut down the highway at 9 a.m. Monday due to the fire on Neddy Mountain. 

Officials say its been 50 years since they've seen the mountain burn like this. 

For now, crews are doing all they can to keep the flames from spreading. 

On Sunday night, a volunteer fire department fought all night to keep the fire from the Styles home, located just beyond where the road was shut down. 

"I've never been this close to a forest fire and it's not a good feeling," Johnny Styles said. 

Crews worked on back burns along the road Monday to eliminate possible fuel for the wildfire.

As of Monday evening, the Neddy Mountain fire was 75 percent contained. 

However, with thick smoke in the air the ends seems far off for nearby residents. 

"I don't like to see it like this. I like to come out here and drink coffee and look at the mountains and it's gonna be a long time before that's happening again," Styles said. 

The Cocke County Emergency Management Agency said there is no timeline for when the fire will be completely extinguished because it all depends on the weather and the wind. 

Map: U.S. Highway 25/70 closure and detour information

Crews enforced mandatory evacuations for a few homes in Cocke County due to a wildfire on Saturday.

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(© 2016 WBIR)


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