It's the same story every year - as soon as we get a spell of good weather the morons are off up the mountain with their wee box of matches to set fire to the gorse,heather, bushes, wild life or whatever. That's smoke rolling off the top of the hill.
You can just see the mind set of the idiots, can't you, "here's a beautiful piece of countryside so let's ruin it for everybody and screw any wild life that gets in our way"
As you can imagine, it's impossible to get fire appliances to the top of the hill so the fire service have to head up there on foot armed with shovels to try to beat out the flames or smother them with dirt or alternatively you can pray for a sudden downpour to dowse the flames - invariably the latter is the quickest and most efficient method of dealing with gorse fires.
I would like to take this opportunity to let our firefighters know that their efforts are appreciated by some members of the community. Well done.
As for the morons who continually cause this destruction - castration with a blunt bread knife would be letting them off far too easy, throw them off the top of Cave Hill with a bungie rope tied to their goolies and the other end fastened to a stake OR 'let the punishment fit the crime' - burn them at the stake (after throwing them off the top of Cave Hill first).