The Esperanza Fire :barson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57

The Esperanza Fire :barson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57

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Baker & Taylor
An award-winning Chicago Tribune journalist and author of the acclaimed Fire on the Mountain traces the 2006 Esperanza Fire in southern California, the tragic deaths of the five-man Forest Service engine crew and the high-profile murder trial of the person convicted for setting the fire. 20,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling in their seats; prosecution and defense lawyers and the accused stiffen into attitudes of wariness; and the judge looks on owlishly. In that atmosphere of heightened expectation the jury entered a Riverside County Superior Court room in southern California to render a decision in the trial of Raymond Oyler, charged with murder for setting the Esperanza Fire of 2006, which killed a five man Forest Service engine crew sent to fight the blaze.

Today, wildland fire is everybody’s business, from the White House to the fireground. Wildfires have grown bigger, more intense, more destructive?and more expensive. Federal taxpayers, for example, 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.

When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling in their seats; prosecution and defense lawyers and the accused stiffen into attitudes of wariness; and the judge looks on owlishly. In that atmosphere of heightened expectation the jury entered a Riverside County Superior Court room in southern California to render a decision in the trial of Raymond Oyler, charged with murder for setting the Esperanza Fire of 2006, which killed a five man Forest Service engine crew sent to fight the blaze.

Today, wildland fire is everybody’s business, from the White House to the fireground. Wildfires have grown bigger, more intense, more destructive—and more expensive. Federal taxpayers, for example, 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.


Book News
The autumn 2006 Esperanza fire in Southern California burned 41,000 acres and killed five men of the Forest Service as they tried to save the neighborhood of Twin Pines. This book reports on the fire itself, the efforts to fight it, and especially the post-fire investigation and the capital murder trial of the accused arsonist. The trial is notable because it resulted in the first-ever successful murder conviction for an arsonist setting a wildland fire. The book is illustrated with b&w photos and maps. Maclean is a journalist specializing in wildfires. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Relates the events of the 2006 Esperanza Fire in southern California, the tragic deaths of a five-man Forest Service engine crew, and the high-profile murder trial of the person convicted for setting the fire.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2013.
ISBN: 9781619020719
1619020718
Characteristics: viii, 306 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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