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California wildfires force hospitals to evacuate: 5 things to know

Firefighters are battling several wind-driven wildfires in Northern California that forced mass evacuations of healthcare facilities in the affected communities Monday morning.

Here are five things to know about the fires and evacuations.

1. One fire in Napa County has burned 200 acres, and another fire straddling Napa County and Sonoma County grew from 200 acres to 20,000 acres overnight, according to USA Today.

2. The fast moving fires forced several healthcare facilities, including Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa (Calif.) Medical Center and Sutter Santa Rosa (Calif.) Regional Hospital, to evacuate Monday morning.

3. Evacuations at the two hospitals began at about 4 a.m. local time and were completed by 6 a.m., according to CBS SF.

4. Smoke poured into Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa as about 100 patients were evacuated, according to CBS SF. An unknown number of patients were moved from Sutter Santa Rosa.

5. The two hospitals transferred patients to Kaiser Permanente San Rafael (Calif.) Medical Center and other nearby hospitals.

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