Editorial - Wednesday, August 14 - Why in blazes would they?
WHY an arsonist would set fire to something is beyond me.
Seriously, when you think of the potential impact on lives, it's nothing short of disgusting.
Apart from taking the much-needed time of our emergency services, those teams put their lives on the line tackling what can be an unknown entity.
And for one of the incidents to happen so close to Grafton Base Hospital is petrifying when you consider what could happen.
Our reporter Tim Howard witnessed the attempts of the firies at that blaze and was amazed at the tireless efforts of the team and, in particular, one firefighter who, despite suffering from some health problems at the time, continued to work his guts out.
We sincerely hope the culprits are tracked down and dealt with very, very seriously, and we encourage Valley residents to remain vigilant.
As for landholders burning off, I implore you to do the right thing. Check in with the RFS and ensure you've notified your neighbours and created adequate containment lines.
You can't be too careful when burning off. With a challenging fire season ahead, it's all the more reason to act responsibly.