Firefighter killed in California water tender crash identified as Missouri man

A private contractor on the front lines of the Nuns Fire was killed Monday morning when his truck plunged off a steep roadway. The accident is under investigation and the driver's identity has still not been released. (Courtesy: Laura Anthony/KGO-TV)

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (KRCR) -- Napa County emergency officials identified the volunteer firefighter killed in a water tender crash Monday as Garrett Paiz, 38, of Missouri.

Paiz was in a water tender privately owned by Red Bluff-based Tehama Transport. The truck crashed on the Oakville Grade, a steep road in the area around the Nuns Fire.

His death marked the first firefighter death in the series of fires that started in Northern California the week of October 8. Forty civilians have been confirmed killed by the fires, with most being in Sonoma County because of the Tubbs Fire.

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