The Sampson Flat bushfire began on 2 January 2015 during a day of extreme heat. Over the following six days, the vicious bushfire burnt through 12,500 hectares, killed more than 900 animals and destroyed sheds, farms and 27 homes in the Adelaide Hills and the outer Adelaide Metropolitan area.
The Country Fire Service said that the fire behaviour equalled the conditions which resulted in the deadly Ash Wednesday fires in 1983.
Fortunately there were no fatalities and this was due in no small part to the courageous efforts of volunteers who dedicated their time and put their own lives on the line.
To say thank you Burnside Lions Club, together with Adelaide University Lions Club, hosted and cooked a BBQ lunch for over 200 distinguished guests and emergency services volunteers.
Guests included the South Australian Premier the Hon Jay Weatherill, and the South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall.
Adelaide University Lions Club President, Beau Brug, said that due to the work of the Country Fire Service (CFS) many homes, properties, animals and civilians survived.
“The thank-you event was a proud moment to recognise those who had volunteered to help fight the fires,” he said.