Crime & Courts Firefighter found guilty of starting major Highland wildfires By Jane Candlish August 21 2014, 5.35pm Share Firefighter found guilty of starting major Highland wildfires Share via Facebook Twitter Whatsapp Messenger Linkedin Email Post link https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/crime-courts/322524/firefighter-found-guilty-starting-major-highland-wildfires/ Copy Link David Mackay has been found guilty A long-serving firefighter has been found guilty of starting two major wildfires which caused an estimated £1 million of damage in the Highlands. A jury at Fort William Sheriff Court took just an hour to find David Mackay, 40, guilty on two charges of wilful fireraising in the Strontian area last year. The four day trial heard that thousands of acres of forestry was destroyed in the fires on the Carnoch Estate on March 27 and in the Glen Tarbert area on April 1. As a retained firefighter with the Strontian unit, Mackay had more than 20 years service and helped to fight the blaze that he started. A third charge was found not proven. Mackay, of Dal Nan Each, will now be sentenced next month after Sheriff Mungo Bovey called for background reports.