One year on from the Blackford fire, those affected are bouncing back with fences rebuilt, new sheds and paddocks again full of livestock.
New Year's Eve was one to remember for all the wrong reasons for farming communities across border areas and western parts of the Vic Wimmera, as a ferocious fire ravaged more than 7000 hectares and destroyed thousands of stock in its path.
A virtual reality exercise undertaken with people living in high fire-risk zones has revealed many people are "woefully underprepared" to deal with a serious fire, and many would make potentially fatal errors if a fire was to strike.
Croppers are urged to be vigilant about machinery maintenance during harvest as the weather starts to warm up.
SA landholders are being called to register their Farm Firefighting Units, as part of a new program being trialled by the SA Country Fire Service.
Residents affected by January's devastating Blackford fire have launched a class action in the SA Supreme Court.