Prosecution and defense attorneys, as well as sheriff's deputies, joined the jury for the bus ride to the site near Waterman Canyon where the 2003 fire started.
The group was escorted to a camp site; John Aylward's house, the suspected target of the fire; a boulder near where the flames started; the intersection of Old Waterman Canyon Road and Highway 18, where the suspects' vehicle nearly collided with another car while racing down the mountain; and a turnout overlooking the fire's origin, where a witness said he saw someone throw something, then leave in a van.
Fowler, 30, of San Bernardino, was present and in custody during the whole tour Wednesday. He was kept in a patrol car 50 to 100 feet from the jurors - who roamed around each location.
The jury's tour took up most of the morning. Everyone was back inside San Bernardino Superior Court for the afternoon session, which began about 1:30 p.m.
Fowler is accused of starting the 2003 Old Fire that burned more than 91,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures after starting on Oct. 25, 2003. The fire cost nearly $38 million.
The defendant has been charged with five counts of murder and special circumstances, which allow prosecutors to pursue the death penalty if he is convicted. Prosecutors say five residents in burn areas died from heart attacks caused by the stress of evacuation and threats to homes and belongings.
During the afternoon session, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Robert Bulloch played the remainder of the 2008 jailhouse interview between Fowler and special agents with the U.S. Forest Service.
In the recorded conversations Fowler tells the special agents that a friend, Martin Valdez Jr., threw a flare into brush on the side of the mountain, starting the fire. Fowler continued to say he didn't start it.
The two friends were together on the day of the fire, getting high with a group of people. They had an idea to rob Aylward, Fowler's godfather, so they drove up the mountain and parked on the side of the road.
Valdez was killed in a drive-by shooting years later, and Fowler was the only one charged.
Following testimony, the prosecution rested its case. The court is in recess until Monday, when the defense is expected to call its first witness.