Cal Fire family mourns loss of mechanic in Redding area blaze

Andrew Brake and family
Andrew Brake seen with his family was killed in a single vehicle accident on Thursday. He's the third Cal Fire employee to die in the blaze near Redding and the eighth fatality in the destructive fire. Cal Fire Photo.

Redding, California – The deadly Carr Fire around Redding has cost the life of another Cal Fire member who died in a single vehicle accident.

“In the early morning hours of Thursday, August 9, 2018, Andrew Brake, a 40-year-old Heavy Equipment Mechanic for CAL FIRE, was tragically killed in an auto accident on Highway 99 while assigned to the Carr Fire outside of Redding, CA.” said a statement released by the agency.

“The Brake family is being supported by members of CAL FIRE and L2881 and are asking for privacy as they work through this tragic loss.

“Information will be forthcoming regarding when the family would like to share memories of Andrew and how he was loved and admired by his family and friends. Please keep the family members of Andrew Blake in your thoughts.”

The family has asked for privacy.

The fire has killed two other firefighters including a fire inspector and a bulldozer operator, taken the life of an electrical worker and killed four civilians including a grandmother and her two grandchildren.

The latest bulletin from Carr Fire states the fire has so far burned 181,496 acres and is 51 per cent contained. With the destruction of 1077 homes, 22 businesses and 500 other structures it has become one of the most destructive fires in California’s history.