John N. Mclean

Author of "Fire on the Mountain" and "River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission Boys"

John Norman Maclean, an award-winning author and journalist, has specialized for the past 25 years in writing books and other works about wildland fire. Previously, Maclean was for 30 years a journalist with The Chicago Tribune, most of that time as a correspondent in Washington, DC, where he was one of the “Kissinger 14” who traveled with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the era of shuttle diplomacy.

Maclean resigned from The Tribune in 1995 to write Fire on the Mountain, an account of the 1994 fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado that took the lives of 14 firefighters. The Storm King fire mirrored the Mann Gulch Fire of 1949 that was the subject of his father, Norman Maclean’s earlier book, Young Men and Fire, which helped inspire the younger Maclean’s interest in wildland fire. His most recent book, River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission Boys, was published in June 2018.

His previous four books chronicle other famous and destructive fires. They are Fire on the Mountain, Fire and Ashes, The Thirtymile Fire, and The Esperanza Fire. He currently is at work on a book about the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that took the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Maclean, an avid fly-fisherman, divides his time between Washington, DC, and a family cabin in Montana.