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Conor74
2011-05-04 17:59:15
Twisted firestarters...
I live near a remote rural area in South Kerry. And this time of the year every year is burning season.

And barry, gotta say that the fires that cause the most damage here are the ones started by "hooligans". Not the archetypal skinhead from the city out for a day, but for example in this area a man who lives on his own in the back of beyonds who has a fixation with seeing the whole area go up at least once a year! I kid you not. Not sure if he likes the commotion or the firemen or what, but he goes on a regular trawl around now and unless he is caught red handed he will keep going. He has done farms, forests, he has gone out in the middle of the night (and farmers don't do that, they don't have to, they have a burning season allocated to them) whatever, and it's kinda laughed off. Of course the odd few are started by farmers as part of land management, but the fear of the fire brigade fees means they often risk life and limb to put them out.

I'm not sure you can extrapolate too much from my post other than that, even in the remotest areas, you just get kids (or even adults in the case above) who like fire, or others who like messing. They don't have to be from an urban background.
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