I have just looked at the photograph in the last post I published and realised that there is an apostrophe. Thus, it is probably only one farmer who is fearful of Chinese lanterns.
But, as I have commented here before, the world is increasingly full of people who don’t use apostrophes appropriately. Somehow many Tom’s, Dick’s and Harry’s still get a C or above for their English Language GCSE. This sad fact of life means that I cannot be certain that the journalist was only referring to one farmer.
I’m not worried enough to buy a copy of the paper just to put my mind at rest though. So there.