The outpouring of generosity for those affected by last month's Blackford bushfire has continued, with more than $90,000 worth of goods and services donated for a mega auction to be held on Saturday night.
The fires were still burning on Kangaroo Island when BlazeAid volunteer Steve Hewitt first arrived on January 4 last year.
SA Country Fire Service's Andy Wood, American River, and Lee Watson, Happy Valley, are among those recognised on the Australia Day Honours List, having both received an Australian Fire Service Medal for outstanding contributions across a combined total of nearly 65 years of service.
Avenue Range Angus breeders Ben and Samantha Glatz were the hardest hit in the recent Blackford bushfire losing about 250 cattle and with it 25 years of breeding.
More than 2500 hectares in the Mount Lofty Ranges were burnt out in the Cherry Gardens fire which broke out on Sunday afternoon, and while the fire came scarily close to Richard Koral's Jupiter Creek property, he considers himself lucky to have made it through with minimal property damage.
BlazeAid has set up camp at Yakka Park in Lucindale ready to help those hit hard in the Blackford blaze get back on their feet.
The Blackford blaze has left a trail of destruction, but among the hardest hit was Hillcrest Pastoral Company, which had four of its properties at Avenue Range and Lucindale in the line of fire.
Good fire preparation, a clear plan and a bit of luck have minimised the demage at The Washpool, Avenue Range, from last week's Blackford blaze.
The Lucindale community is still counting the cost of last week's Blackford blaze which tore through more than 14,000 hectares, but CFS incident controller Patrick Ross says the fire ground could have been three times larger if not for the Jacky White Drain, west of Lucindale.
Joe and Sally Keynes' 200-hectare property on the Crower Road just south of Avenue Range barely has a spot of unburnt ground after the Blackford blaze earlier this week but remarkably two thirds of their livestock have survived.