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A smoke plume from the fire, miles away in Napa County, is visible from the NorthBay Healthcare Green Valley Administration Center.

 

While the ongoing wildfires in the north Bay Area continue to wreak havoc, NorthBay Healthcare’s hospitals and outpatient clinics are poised to serve patients without interruption.

NorthBay Healthcare established a command center quickly Monday morning as hospital leaders monitored Emergency Department activity, bed availability, staffing levels and initiatives to assist in the disaster in neighboring counties, all the while keeping a close eye on the portion of the fire that threatens a northern section of Green Valley a few miles from one of the system’s four campuses.

No formal evacuation order had been issued as of 5 p.m. Monday, but the Solano County Sheriff’s Office shared an advisory recommending residents leave a particular section of Green Valley.

“Based on expected weather this afternoon and evening, Cal Fire has issued an evacuation advisory for the Green Valley area west of Green Valley Road at Mason Road, stretching west and north,” according to a Sheriff’s Office alert on its Facebook page. “This means we strongly encourage folks to evacuate now, if possible. If the wind changes, as expected, a formal evacuation order is imminent.”

The area of the evacuation advisory includes:

  • All streets off of Green Valley Road north of Rockville Road (a four-way stop);
  • All streets in Green Valley Estates and west of Green Valley Road (Paseo Arboles/Via Vaquero); and
  • All streets west of Green Valley Road north of Mason Road to Valley End Road, including Green Valley Country Club.


None of the area within the city limits of Fairfield, including NorthBay’s Green Valley campus, is included in the evacuation zone. At this time, all operations in Green Valley Administration Center and Green Valley Health Plaza for Tuesday are planned as normal. Employees scheduled to work Tuesday are asked to report as planned unless they are personally affected by the fire.

No emergency callbacks for employees were necessary on Monday, but many NorthBay employees have been affected. Some live in the fire-ravaged areas; some have family in those communities. About 100 NorthBay employees live in the Napa-Sonoma region hardest hit by the fire.

Employees who are not scheduled to work but who wish to be available were told to call the staffing office to sign up.

NorthBay health experts offer the following tips for those most at risk during smoky conditions, which includes children, older people and those with respiratory conditions:

  • Consider avoiding outdoor activities.
  • Those with a health-related illness, particularly respiratory problems should remain indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use the recycle or recirculate mode on the air conditioner in your home and car.
  • Stay well hydrated to keep airways moist.