From the 2nd to the 9th of January this year

From the 2nd to the 9th of January this year, South Australia was confronted with the worst bushfire to affect the Adelaide Hills region since the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. This monster-like fire rapidly consumed the small towns of Sampson Flat and Kersbrook, and a large amount of the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Hills. Residents started to be allowed back in from 6 January, with their identity and address being checked to limit access to only the roads that had been cleared as safe for travel. Road clearing was suspended on the afternoon of 7 January due to the wind and thunderstorms making the activity unsafe for the clean-up crews. Thunderstorms on the afternoon of 7 January produced a spate of new grass fires from lightning, but also brought cooler temperatures, increased humidity, and rain over some parts of the fireground, making it easier to control and extinguish the remaining areas. In the early morning hours of Thursday 8 January, the South Australian Country Fire Service confirmed on its website that the fire had been completely brought under control with crews remaining on the ground to extinguish the remaining hot spots. An early theory for the source of the fire was a backyard incinerator started by a resident on Shillabeer Road in Sampson Flat. As of today, the reason for why the fire started and how is still under investigation but it seems that it was accidental.
From the 2nd to the 9th of January this year, South Australia was confronted with the worst bushfire to affect the Adelaide Hills region since the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. This monster-like fire rapidly consumed the small towns of Sampson Flat and Kersbrook, and a large amount of the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Hills. Residents started to be allowed back in from 6 January, with their identity and address being checked to limit access to only the roads that had been cleared as safe for travel. Road clearing was suspended on the afternoon of 7 January due to the wind and thunderstorms making the activity unsafe for the clean-up crews. Thunderstorms on the afternoon of 7 January produced a spate of new grass fires from lightning but also brought cooler temperatures, increased humidity, and rain over some parts of the fire.

The RSPCA and the Adelaide Zoo are rescuing any injured or burnt animals and are treating them either on the scene or in the Zoo Hospital. Nigel, who did not want his surname published, emphatically denied responsibility for the Sampson Flat bushfire and lighting the backyard incinerator. No charges have been pressed against him. Joanne, a survivor, lost her husband and two sons who were all volunteers at the CFS whilst trying to stop the catastrophic the blaze. “This has been the worst week of my life!” Joanne commented. Nine joeys are required for intensive treatment,” Dr. McLelland said. “We’re happy with their progress to date; the joeys have settled in well and are enjoying lots of treats like milk and vegetables on top of their normal diet of grass, while the staff is enjoying lots of cuddles.”

The fire in total had blackened more than 12,500 hectares of forest and grazing land, including 35 hectares of vineyards. A total perimeter of 224 kilometers burnt. A number of native wildlife, livestock and family pets perished in the blaze.
There is an expected repair cost of around $13 million.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and animals are being found and treated on the hour. Overall, Adelaide had never experienced such a devastating fire and over 100 families are homeless tonight.