If I have a tiki torch placed vertically on my property next to the pole there on my neighbor's property, and it catches fire, am I legally responsible?

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It may depend on the jurisdiction (although I can't readily think of one where this is not the case) but deliberately, recklessly or negligently putting a burning object next to someone else's property knowing that there is a real risk of it catching fire (and going ahead with it anyway) will almost definitely make one liable: especially if there is an ulterior motive.

In This would be called arson - causing criminal damage by fire - an offence contrary to section 1(3) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971

Cross posted with the jurisdiction defining comment

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