A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for the 38-year-old Missouri man who died Monday when the water tender he was driving crashed on Oakville Grade.
Garrett Paiz was a contract driver for Tehama Transport who was supporting Cal Fire's efforts to fight the Nuns Fire in the Mount Veeder area.
Paiz is the only fatality among the thousands of firefighters who have been combating Northern California fires over the past two weeks.
To contribute to the fund, go to www.gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-garrett-paiztaco.
As of Friday morning, $3,760 had been donated, with a goal of $20,000 to benefit Paiz's family.
"He is a hero to all of us who live here and we are so thankful and so very sorry for the loss to his family," wrote one donor.