A fire mechanic from Northern California assigned to the Carr Fire was killed Thursday in a traffic collision, raising the death toll from that fire to eight.
Andrew Brake, of Chico, died in a car accident around 12:15 a.m. on Highway 99 in Tehama County when his Cal Fire support vehicle ran off the road in a curve, hit a tree and caught fire.
Fire officials said Brake was pronounced dead at the scene, KRCR reports. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for Cal Fire at the Butte Unit.
"We are saddened to report the death of a heavy equipment mechanic from CAL FIRE of the Butte unit assigned to the Carr fire. He was killed early this morning as a result of a traffic accident on Highway 99 in Tehama County," he said. Cal Fire in a statement, refusing to provide more details.
Firefighter Andrew Brake died Thursday in a traffic collision on his way to the Carr fire in northern California
Authorities said Brake's Calke support vehicle ran off the road in a curve, hit a tree and caught fire
According to authorities, the Carr fire has burned more than 173,000 acres and contains 47%. Cal Fire officials said he was not sure when it would be completely contained.
The Carr Fire has claimed the lives of eight people, including Brake and two other firefighters.
A 70-year-old woman from Redding and her two great-grandchildren, aged four and two, died when her house was engulfed in flames. The fire also resulted in the death of a fourth resident of Redding and a utility worker of Pacific Gas & Electric. It is said that Carr Fire is the most lethal of the year.
The Carr Fire has burned more than 173,000 acres and contains 47 percent
Cal Fire officials said he was not sure when they would have it completely. The fire claimed the lives of eight people, including three firefighters
The International Space Station took this satellite image showing wildfires in northern California
Firefighters across the state are fighting more than a dozen forest fires. The Mendocino complex fire is the largest fire in the state's history
California firefighters are fighting more than a dozen forest fires that have burned more than 600,000 acres. Until the fires are completely contained, the smoke now covers three quarters of the state.
The photos show cities in northern California completely destroyed by rapidly moving flames and smoke that rises in the air. A mysterious red glow is projected onto other areas while firefighters work to contain fires.
According to CBS News, the dense smoke provides shade for firefighters battling the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is now the largest wildfire in the state's history after it combined Ranch Fire and River Fire.
A thermal satellite image of the fast Carr fire, containing 47 percent
Until forest fires are completely contained, smoke now covers three-quarters of California. A passenger aboard an Alaska Airlines flight took this smoke photo of Sacramento
A sheriff's patrol officer watches the houses when Holy Fire approaches the neighborhood of McVicker Canyon
A plume of smoke rises from the fire decks of the Mendocino Complex on August 8, 2018 near Lodoga, California.
On August 8, 2018, near Lodoga, the smoke from the Mendocino Complex fire looms over a valley
People watch the Sacred Fire as it burns in the Cleveland National Forest. The fire started on Monday allegedly by a resident of 51 years.
A helicopter throws water on a hillside in flames during the fire of the Mendocino Complex near Finley, California
Authorities said the thick smoke is helping to cool temperatures, but experts warn that conditions could change in a moment. According to CNN, firefighters predict that it could be a month before the complex Mendocino Fire is contained.
Firefighters took more than six months to extinguish Thomas' fire last year, which previously had the title of the largest forest fire in California's history.
Other fires still raging in California include the rapid Holy Fire, which began Monday in the Holy Jim Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest. Officials said the fire has displaced 20,000 people and only contains five percent.
Authorities arrested Holy Jim resident 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark on Tuesday on suspicion of watching the fire. Volunteer fire chief Mike Milligan said Clark has been in a decade-long dispute with his neighbors and sent a letter to Milligan last week threatening to set fire to the area.