Not only do the blazes divert emergency service resources away from communities dealing with the pandemic, but the smoke badly affects those with respiratory conditions who are already more at risk should they fall ill to the virus.
“There are still regular fires to deal with because people are spending more time in their homes, there are still smoke alarms going off, and there are still car crashes to attend even though there is less traffic on the roads,” says Taylor.
“What we could really do without are the people deliberately setting fires on the mountainsides. It’s crazy, absolutely bonkers.
“If a colleague currently has to go into a building like a care home to check an alarm issue, then they have been issued with personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, but those have to be double-bagged and disposed of, and there has to be a change of clothing.
“You have to be showered and decontaminated, it all adds to the time before that person is able to get back with a crew. So, deliberate fires are not exactly helping the situation.”
Taylor has been a firefighter for far longer than she has been a rugby player, although the profession and the 15-a-side version of the game have a long and entwined history in Wales.
For the skipper of the recently created women’s rugby league national team, however, combining rugby with fire-fighting has been a relatively new experience.
Taylor, now 41, has been fighting fires for 20 years, but she didn’t start playing rugby union until she was 34.
She won her first Wales caps in the union code at 36, before deciding to combine playing rugby league last summer – for the Cardiff Blue Dragons - to help out a friend who was coaching.
She adds: “I played in one rugby league training session just to help and I really loved it. By the time I played in my first match I was hooked. And oh, my god – when it ended I had never been so disappointed to hear a full-time whistle in all my life.
“There’s something very different about rugby league to rugby union. The ball is in play a lot more and you just get involved and the ball in your hands a lot more often. I love it.
“I love running with the ball and being in space. If I had to choose between the two – rugby union or rugby league – then it would be a very long decision-making process. But right now, I think I’m probably getting more out of rugby league.”