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Mechanic Killed In California Fire
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10 Aug 2018 01:39 PM EST

Officials said a mechanic helping to fight one of several major wildfires in California was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday. His death brings the body count from that blaze to eight. 40 year old Andrew Brake was assigned to the Carr Fire burning around Redding in Northern California. the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said he was killed in a crash on Highway 99 in nearby Tehama County. California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement, “On behalf of all Californians, we honor Andrew and the many other brave firefighters and emergency responders who have risked their lives to protect others." The 177,000-acre Carr Fire is roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco. It has killed two other firefighters along with three members of one family and has destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

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