A heavy equipment mechanic with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and assigned to the Carr Fire was killed early Thursday morning outside of the fire area in Tehama County, Cal Fire reports.

The man is from the agency's Butte Unit and was killed in a traffic crash on Highway 99 near Tehama Vina Road in Los Molinos.

Andrew Brake, 40, was on his way to the Carr Fire that's been burning in Shasta and Trinity counties. He had been with Cal Fire for six years, according to a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown.

The single-vehicle crash occurred at 12:17 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol officer Ken Reineman.

Brake was driving north on Highway 99 when he ran off the road and hit a tree, Reineman said.

"That collision caused a fire that fully engulfed the vehicle," the officer said.

The vehicle was completely burned and didn't leave any of the vehicle's identifying marks, Reineman said.

Seven other deaths are attributed to the fire involving five civilians and two other firefighters:

Don Smith, 81, Dozer Operator contractor
Jeremy Stoke, age unknown, Redding FD
Daniel Bush, 62, found dead in his home
Melody Bledsoe, 70, dead in home with great-grandchildren
Emily Roberts, 4, great-granddaughter
James Roberts, 5, great-grandson
Jairus Ayeta, 21, PG&E worker
Unidentified, unknown age, Cal Fire


With the Carr Fire at 177,450 acres and 48 percent contained on Thursday, Redding will say farewell to Redding Fire prevention inspector Jeremy Stoke on Saturday with a procession and memorial service.

Stoke, an 18-year veteran firefighter, died while battling the Carr Fire. He is one of seven people who have died as a result of the fire.

City officials released to the public Wednesday the route an emergency vehicle procession will follow to get to the fallen firefighters' noon memorial service at Redding Civic Auditorium.

The procession is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. from McDonald's Chapel, 1575 Continental St., Redding.

The motorcade will: Head west on Eureka Way to south on East Street to west on Shasta Street to south on Market Street to west on Tehama Street to south on California Street to east on Gold Street to south on Market Street to east on Cypress Avenue to south on Hartnell Avenue to north on Churn Creek Road to west on Highway 299 to west on Lake Boulevard to south on Market Street to east on Tehama Street to east on Highway 44 to north on Sundial Bridge Drive before arriving at the Civic Auditorium.

City officials invite people to view the procession from safe places along the route. They ask residents to not block Continental Street so the procession can start on time.

Numerous roads will be shut down temporarily for the safety of the procession and spectators.

Those attending the noon memorial service are asked to arrive no later than 11 a.m. to allow for traffic conditions and parking.

Following the memorial service, a private service and reception will be held for the fallen firefighter's family and close friends.

Those wishing to make a donation to the Stoke family may do so at any Members 1st Credit Union in Redding or Anderson.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said Thursday that 4,761 firefighters continue to battle the Carr Fire.

It is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain and the potential for it to grow remains high due to the dry brush, grass and timber. Firefighters have been conducting burnout operations, as conditions allow, to strengthen control lines.

It's unknown when the fire might be fully contained.

There are 361 fire engines assigned to the blase, as well as 125 water tenders, 16 helicopters, 78 hand crews and 118 bulldozers.

Air tankers from throughout the state are also flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.

The fire, which threatens 528 structures, has already destroyed 1,077 homes, 22 commercial buildings and 500 outbuildings.

It has also damaged 191 homes, 26 commercial structures and 65 other buildings.

Meanwhile, a community meeting is set for 6 p.m. tonight in Lakehead to allow Cal Fire officials to give a status report on the Carr Fire to those who live there.

The meeting is being held at the Lakehead Lions Club building, 20814 Mammoth Drive.