The United States Forest Service in Lake Tahoe announced the loss of one of their employees, Daniel Joseph Laird, on Wednesday.

They said he lost his life on March 27 while helping with a routine controlled burn on the Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery County, Texas. They said he died in a helicopter crash during the prescribed burn.

Laird served with the Forest Service for 23 years and worked as a helitack captain on the Tahoe National Forest in California, where he was permanently assigned.

Flags at all Forest Service facilities will be flying the American flag at half-staff for three days starting on Friday morning and continuing until sunset on Sunday.

The following is a list of memorial events to honor Laird:

Public viewing:   Friday, April 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, at 817 Almond Street, Yuba City, CA. 
Processional:  Saturday, April 6 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. from Ullrey Memorial Chapel to Sutter Cemetery at 7200 Butte House Rd. Sutter, CA.
Graveside Service: Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. This is a family service and seating is limited but they have invited any members of the U.S. Forest Service, other agencies and the public to attend as room allows.
Family Arriving: The Laird family will be arriving from the cemetery, to the House of Bread Church, through the Cordon of Honor between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 
Memorial: Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the House of Bread Church, at 6521 Hazel Ave, Orangevale, CA. 

The Forest Service also said letters of condolence may be sent to the family through the Tahoe National Forest Supervisor's Office at 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.  Flowers may be sent to the House of Bread Church at 6521 Hazel Avenue, Orangevale, CA 95526.

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(The United States Forest Service contributed to this report).