Firefighter assigned to Carr Fire in Shasta County killed in traffic accident

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Cal Fire officials confirmed a firefighter assigned to battle the Carr Fire burning in Shasta County was killed in a traffic accident. (KGO-TV)

An eighth person has died related to the Carr Fire burning in Shasta and Trinity counties.

Cal Fire Heavy Equipment Operator Andrew Brake, 40, was killed in a traffic crash this morning on Highway 99 in Tehama County.

The six-year veteran was on his way to help battle the Carr Fire that's now burned nearly 178,000 acres and destroyed 1,077 homes with 48 percent containment.

RELATED: The latest evacuation orders for Shasta County's Carr Fire, Mendocino County's Complex Fire

Cal Fire released a statement saying: "We are saddened to report the death of a CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Mechanic from the Butte Unit assigned to the Carr Fire. He was killed early this morning as the result of a traffic accident on Highway 99 in Tehama County."

Governor Jerry Brown has ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff Brake's honor.

He also offered condolences to Brake's family, while honoring the "many other brave firefighters and emergency responders who have risked their lives to protect other."

PHOTOS: Massive Carr Fire tears through Shasta County
MAPS: Wildfires burning across California

In response to the devastating wildfires in Shasta County, Tri Counties Bank has created a verified GoFundMe campaign to help those impacted by the fires. Click here if you'd like to help.
Get the latest on the Carr Fire here, the Complex Fire here and the latest on wildfires across California here.

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