A volunteer firefighter from Missouri has been identified as the driver who died Monday morning in the wreck of a water tender on the Oakville Grade near the Nuns Fire.
Garrett Paiz, 38, was driving the privately owned truck when it crashed through a guardrail and tumbled 20 to 30 feet down a ravine, the Napa County Sheriff-Coroner's Office said in a press release.
Paiz's body was escorted from the crash scene in the 1500 block of the Oakville Grade by members of the Sheriff's Office, Cal Fire, National Guard and various law enforcement agencies, the department said.
The empty vehicle had been providing water to firefighters on the Nuns Fire burning in the hills above Oakville, and Paiz was going downhill to resupply when the crash happened shortly after 6:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Paiz was declared dead at the scene.
The Nuns Fire, one of three major conflagrations to break out around Napa and Sonoma counties on Oct. 8, covered 52,894 acres and was 68 percent contained on Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.