Originally Posted by Pom
It would be misleading to think of bushfires as a threat only in the hills – although there are obviously more fire prone areas up there (and many of the high risk hills suburbs are closest to the city!)
Pretty much anywhere with fields, trees etc carries some risk (grass fires can do massive damage and spread incredibly quickly), so that rules in a lot of places! The real difference is the likelihood of escaping should a fire start: if Hallett Cove conservation park went up in flames there'd be plenty of routes out of the way and it would be fairly well contained, but the residents of some quaint town with one road in and out would face a very different challenge.
I really don't think it's about avoiding a broad region such as the hills, but about weighing up the risk in any given locality (with the added difficulty that fire doesn't behave in a logical way once lit, but moves haphazardly, generating its own wind, destroying what it fancies and leaving the building next door totally undamaged ...) If you avoided regions with fire prone areas then you'd need to rule out the Barossa, Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale, Willunga (in fact, most of the Fleurieu Peninsula), Clare Valley, Port Augusta and all its surrounding area, KI (which has battled a fire just this week), and ten of the metro council areas that have fire action plans because of their increased fire risk.
Apply some common sense to where you choose to live, manage the immediate fuel load, develop an action plan if you're in an increased risk area, and be vigilant. that's pretty much all you can do – as long as you avoid obvious fire traps, the thought of fire shouldn't stop you from moving to your dream location.