Worker killed in Napa crash was Missouri volunteer firefighter

Lester Mason
October 19, 2017

Officials said a fire crew member died Monday after veering off Oakville Grade Road near a wildfire that was getting dangerously close to wineries in Napa.

Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz, 38, was driving an empty 1993 Kenworth tanker when it left the roadway around 6:45 Napa.

The California Highway Patrol investigated the crash, and said Paiz was heading downhill to refill the empy water tender when it happened.

Shew declined to comment on whether fatigue from the nonstop firefighting effort contributed to the crash, but said it's an element something fire officials are monitoring closely.

The CHP said he was on his way to refill a large water tanker being used to battle the Nuns fire, which has spread north from Sonoma County into neighboring Napa County.

The Nuns Fire, one of three major conflagrations to break out around Napa and Sonoma counties on October 8, covered 52,894 acres and was 68 percent contained on Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

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