Firefighter Killed in Rollover Near California Wildfire

Tender rolled down a grade in Napa County


NAPA, Calif. (KGO) – 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.

Cal Fire officials said the fire crew member was driving down one of Napa County’s steepest roads towards Highway 29 before it veered off the road. “Somewhere on this steep road something happened, he lost control and the water tender rolled in an upside down position down the grade,” a Cal Fire official said.

The fires in the North Bay have been relentlessly destroying homes, businesses and lives. Cal Fire said a private water tender driver was heading down Oakville Grade Road about two miles west of Highway 29 in Napa County when the vehicle slid off the side of the embankment and flipped over on to its top. “This morning we tragically lost a member of our firefighting community,” Cal Fire spokesperson Staff Chief David Shew said.

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