Forest fires destroy property and lives. Even if there is an evacuation no one gets physically hurt, they can lose their homes, their possessions, and the livelihoods. The insurance costs alone impact everyone, and the environmental destruction is a crime in itself. There should very little leniency in such matters.
Deforestation occurs primarily through the conduits of greed or negligence. It is difficult to identify which motive is worse, but in either case, the results are destructive and long-lasting. Penalties for 'crimes against nature' must be established, and established strictly, in an effort to preserve what little we have left on this planet. Harsher punishments are a necessity, especially for collateral damage which can be massive despite the connotations of the term.
The people responsible for the burned forest should be required to pay a certain amount for the damage caused, especially if it involved damage to property. Resolving the issue over white wine seems too lenient, and it sends the message that causing this kind of destruction could only earn someone a slap on the wrist.
While not all punishments are taken seriously, this particular case was handled well and appropriately. The punishment, while a little lar was certainly adequate and was a great example of the type of punishment that should be handed out in the case of collateral dame like this and the reparations should be enough.