Mechanic becomes latest person killed in California fires

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mechanic helping to fight one of several major wildfires in California was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight, officials said.

Andrew Brake, 40, was assigned to the Carr Fire burning around Redding in Northern California and was killed in a crash on Highway 99 in nearby Tehama County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said.

“On behalf of all Californians, we honor Andrew and the many other brave firefighters and emergency responders who have risked their lives to protect…

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