A forest fire, driven by strong winds, broke out on Sunday in the heart of Napa Valley County in northern California, USA, and spread across more than a thousand acres, forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds.
A wildfire was driven by strong winds on Sunday in the heart of Napa Valley County, northern State California The American government, and it spread across more than a thousand acres, forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of homes and a hospital, according to the authorities.
The fire broke out east of Calistoga, about 120 kilometers north of San Francisco, and spread to the nearby towns of Deer Park and St. Helena as the flames approached Advantest Health Hospital in St. Helena until they were within a mile of it.
A hospital spokeswoman told Reuters that all 55 patients who were in the hospital at the time were safely evacuated over a five-hour period starting at 7 a.m.
She added that this was the second evacuation operation linked to bushfires to the 151-bed hospital in about a month.
A spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said evacuation orders had been issued for about 600 homes, while another 1,400 residents were warned to be prepared to flee at any moment. He added that the eviction notifications generally included about 5,000 people.
By noon, he said, the flames had poured over some 1,200 acres of grassy hillsides and oak forests, and efforts to contain them had failed.