Community in Mineral forced to evacuate due to Dixie Fire

Action News Now spoke with people who evacuated from Mineral and are now staying at the evacuation shelter at the Los Molinos Veteran's Memorial Hall.

Posted: Aug 18, 2021 6:44 PM

MINERAL, Calif.- People in Mineral are still under an evacuation order as the Northwestern edge is burning hot because of the Dixie Fire.

The town now resembles a ghost town as everyone was told to get out immediately on Tuesday night.

The town is also completely covered by very thick smoke and the winds in the area are starting to pick up which is something that has many people concerned.

“This wind is going to take that fire wherever it wants to go,” evacuee James Fleming said. He and his wife, Robin evacuated from Chester and had been staying in Mineral.

They had to evacuate again, this time taking shelter at the evacuation center that recently opened at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Los Molinos.

“All you can do is put it in God’s hands and hope the wind stops so firefighters can do their jobs," he added. 

Fleming says they've lived in Chester for 40 years but the Dixie Fire forced them from their house a couple of weeks ago.

They had been staying in Mineral but now that area is on high alert. 

"When you live in a place for, you know we've stayed in our house for 40 years, the same house, it's hard to leave," Fleming said.

At this time firefighters are keeping a close eye on those fire conditions especially as these winds pick up.

The shelter in Los Molinos is located at 7890 Sherwood Blvd.

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