Daniel J. Laird, Captain

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While conducting aerial ignition operations on a prescribed burn in the Sam Houston National Forest in Texas, Captain Daniel Laird’s helicopter went down. Laird passed away from the injuries he sustained in the crash. Other crew members sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Incident Location: Montgomery County, Sam Houston Forest, Texas (70 miles north of Houston)

Department information

United States Forest Service - Tahoe National Forest
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, California 95959

Chief: Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 41
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: March 27, 2019
Date of death: March 27, 2019
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property