Former and current U.S. Forest Service colleagues of five lost firefighters attended the discussion of Maclean’s book on the Esperanza Fire. All were present during the Esperanza Fire. From left are Pat Boss, former PIO, Captain Fred Espinoza, Captain Chris Fogle, Captain Richard Gearhart and Norm Walker, former Fire Management Chief for the San Jacinto Ranger District. Maclean is standing at the lectern. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Author John N. Maclean speaks to the large audience about his book “The Esperanza Fire” and the details of the incident, investigation and prosecution Friday afternoon at the Rustic Theatre. Engine 57 is shown in the background as it stood at the scene after the fire had passed. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Maclean signs his latest book “The Esperanza Fire” Saturday, March 10, at the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station in Idyllwild. Photo by Jenny Kirchner