Resilience to Hazards

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Sampson Flat fire. Photo by Angry Planet.
Sampson Flat fire. Photo by Angry Planet.

COMMISSIONED RESEARCH

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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.

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.

  1. Identifying from the Sampson Flat fire the potential implications for similar South Australian communities including the Adelaide Hills region as a whole.
  2. Evaluating the impacts of the Community Fire Safe group program on key aspects of bushfire safety behavior.
  3. Assessing the suitability of information and messaging for people living in the peri-urban fringe.
8 February, 2017
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
The CFS information operations team with Community Fire Safe volunteer coordinator Jeff Ayres at the Sampson Flat fire ground. Photo: CFS
12 August, 2016
CRC research conducted for CFS is contributing towards new and improved program materials on group coordination and emotional preparedness for Community Fire Safe Groups in South Australia.
Interviewing residents after the 2013 Coonabarabran fire. Photo: Brydie O'Connor NSW RFS
11 March, 2016
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Sampson Flat fire. Photo by Angry Planet.
2 January, 2016
The experiences of the community during the Sampson Flat bushfire in South Australia on 2 January 2015 have been analysed in a report by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Year Type Citation
2017 Journal Article McLennan, J., Every, D., Bearman, C. & Wright, L. 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 Every, D. "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 Conference Paper Rumsewicz, M. 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 Journal Article Every, D. et al. 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 Every, D. et al. Capturing community experiences in the 2015 Sampson Flat fire. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
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