Past battles have badly scarred certain of the Kingdom's 7 regions, so much so that these areas are now permanently barren and bleak. Nothing can stand having too much magic going through it. Attempts were made to restore these areas but all failed and they are now left abandoned, unvisited and generally not mentioned. Fresdian occasionally retries a restoration spell of her own invention but she has had no joy here either.
Most magical battles in the past have taken place outside of villages and towns as there are huge areas of open land between residences. Usually the villages and towns have been able to avoid damage directly but this is not always the case and so most dread it when the Witch gets uppity as they know it will involve a fight of some sort eventually. They also know they're the ones to clear up the mess later.