Community First Credit Union announced an agreement Tuesday to absorb a small Napa credit union that serves health care workers.

If members of the Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union in Napa approve the merger, the Santa Rosa credit union will expand its membership by 8.9 percent and increase its assets by 3.5 percent.

Community First has five retail offices in Sonoma County. The sole Health Care Professionals branch will remain at its location in Napa, but will be rebranded as Community First.

The merger, which also must be approved by regulators, is expected to be completed by Dec. 1.

Founded in 1961 to serve employees of Sonoma County schools, Community First Credit Union has 13,766 members and $143.1 million in assets.

Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union was founded in 1967 to serve employees of Queen of the Valley Hospital and affiliated doctors' offices. It now has 1,232 members and $5.5 million in assets.

Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees

Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.

The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.

There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.