This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Country Fire Service, SA. The Sampson Flat fire in January 2015 was the most destructive fire in the Adelaide Hills for more than 30 years, burning 12,569 hectares of public and private lands with losses including 24 homes, 146 other structures, five businesses and much livestock and fencing.
Following this fire, the CFS commissioned the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to undertake research on the community’s bushfire experience focusing on bushfire safety, the CFS Community Fire Safe program and information and warnings. Researchers from CQUniversity completed the research.
The research presented in this report specifically targeted three key issues for CFS bushfire safety initiatives.
- Identifying from the Sampson Flat fire the potential implications for similar South Australian communities including the Adelaide Hills region as a whole.
- Evaluating the impacts of the Community Fire Safe group program on key aspects of bushfire safety behavior.
- Assessing the suitability of information and messaging for people living in the peri-urban fringe.
|2017||Journal Article||On the concept of denial of natural hazard risk and its use in relation to householder wildfire safety in Australia. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 21, 176-186 (2017).|
|2016||Conference Paper||Research proceedings from the 2016 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2016 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2016||Conference Paper||"I think I'm going to be frightened out of my wits" psychological preparedness and vulnerability: insights from the Sampson Flat fire. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2016||Journal Article||Contacts versus connectors: The role of Community Fire Safe Group coordinators in achieving positive bushfire safety outcomes. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 19, (2016).|
|2016||Report||Capturing community experiences in the 2015 Sampson Flat fire. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|06 Apr 2016||Sampson Flat community bushfire experiences||519.63 KB (519.63 KB)||communities, fire, fire impacts|
|30 Aug 2016||"I’m going to be frightened out of my wits": Insights on psychological preparedness from the Sampson Flat fire - Danielle Every||970.63 KB (970.63 KB)||communication, communities, fire|
Emergency responders (ERS) have identified horse owners and horses as a priority in animal emergency management.
|2014 Parkerville WA post-incident task force||Adjunct Professor Jim McLennan||La Trobe University|
|2014 South Australia post-incident task force||Dr Kirrilly Thompson||CQUniversity|
|October 2013 NSW post-incident task force||Adjunct Professor Jim McLennan||La Trobe University|