About the book: John Maclean, award-winning author of three previous books on wildfire disasters, spent more than five years researching The Esperanza Fire of 2006 (which killed a five man Forest Service engine crew sent to fight the blaze) and covering the trial of Raymond Oyler. In The Esperanza Fire, Maclean offers an insider’s second-by-second account of the fire and the capture and prosecution of Oyler, the first person ever to be found guilty of murder for setting a wildland fire.
Vouchers to attend are $5 and are good for $5 off the author’s featured book or a purchase the day of the event. Vouchers can be purchased in advance, over the phone, or at the door. Readers Guild Members can reserve seats for any in-store event.
Location: Street: 1107 Pearl St City: Boulder, Province: Colorado Postal Code: 80302 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Author Discussion & Signing: John Maclean "The Esperanza Fire"
Author Discussion & Signing "The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57" by John Maclean Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:00 p.m. Wildfires have grown bigger and more destructive--and more expensive. Federal taxpayers footed most of the $16 million bill for fighting The Esperanza Fire. But the highest cost was the lives of the five-man crew of Engine 57, the first wildland engine crew ever to be wiped out by flames.
about When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce the verdict in a capital murder case, every sound—even a chair scraping or a door opening—cracks loud. That's how it was at the trial of Raymond Lee Oyler, accused of murder for setting Southern California’s Esperanza Fire, which in the fall of 2006 fatally burned five men on a U.S. Forest Service engine crew.
The Esperanza Fire started on Oct. 26, in the San Jacinto Mountains above the Banning Pass. It burned 41,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. Forest Service Engine 57 rolled in to help defend the Twin Pines neighborhood, about 30 houses on a steep ridge face—a typical wildland-urban interface, where development chews into previously wild and still unforgiving territory. The ground was bone-dry, crumbly and covered with tall chaparral. When the fire blew up, flames and superheated gases erupted in what’s called an “area ignition,” and in just about five seconds, it raced three-quarters of a mile and swept over the house where the crew had made their stand.
author JOHN NORMAN MACLEAN is an award-winning author and journalist who has written about wildland fire for more than 15 years. Before turning to fire, Maclean was for 30 years a journalist with The Chicago Tribune, most of that time as diplomatic correspondent in Washington. His first book, Fire on the Mountain, was featured in two documentaries by Dateline NBC and the History Channel. He has also written Fire and Ashes and The Thirtymile Fire, both widely celebrated and critically acclaimed. He and his wife divide their time between Washington, DC and the West.
Location: Street: 295 Main Street C101 City: Edwards, Province: Colorado Postal Code: 81632-7932 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
John N. Maclean - The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57
In 2006 a five-person firefighting team battling the Southern California Esperanza fire was killed in the line of duty. This was the first wild-land engine-crew fatality, and the man who set the fire was convicted of murder. Maclean, a longtime journalist and author of Fire on the Mountain, chronicles the blaze and the subsequent trial, and points out that wildfires have grown more intense, destructive, and expensive.
Street: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW City: Washington, Province: District Of Columbia Postal Code: 20008 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
John Norman MacLean (b. 1943) is an American author and journalist, known for his writing about wildland firefighting. MacLean holds a bachelor's degree from Shimer College, a Great Books college in Chicago, and was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. He worked for the City News Bureau and the Chicago Tribune for many years before leaving the Tribune to work on his first book, Fire on the Mountain, in 1995. He has published numerous books since then, including Young Men and Fire, Fire and Ashes, and The Thirtymile Fire. (from Shimer College Wiki)