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Fire Danger Rating Information

The Fire Danger Rating predicts how a fire would behave if one started, including how difficult it would be to put out - the higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions.

The rating is your trigger to act, so to stay safe you need to know the Fire Danger Rating in the district where you live or travel.

Fire Danger Ratings are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology during the fire season. They are based on weather and other environmental conditions and forecast up to four days in advance.

During the fire season, the Fire Danger Rating will feature in weather forecasts and be broadcast on radio and TV and appear in some newspapers.

What does it mean? 

Code Red

What does it mean?

  • These are the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire.
  • Homes are not designed or constructed to withstand fires in these conditions.
  • The safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas.       

What should I do?

Leaving high risk bushfire areas the night before or early in the day is your safest option - do not wait and see. Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass

Know your trigger - make a decision about:

  • when you will leave
  • where you will go
  • how you will get there
  • when you will return
  • what will you do if you cannot leave.

Extreme

What does it mean?

  • Expect extremely hot, dry and windy conditions.
  • If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. Spot fires will start, move quickly and come from many directions.
  • Homes that are situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, that are well prepared and actively defended, may provide safety.
  • You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.    

What should I do?

  • Consider staying with your property only if you are prepared to the highest level. This means your home needs to be situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire*, you are well prepared and you can actively defend your home if a fire starts.
  • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving high risk bushfire areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to emergency.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Severe

What does it mean?

  • Expect hot, dry and possibly windy conditions.
  • If a fire starts and takes hold, it may be uncontrollable.
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety.
  • You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.    

What should I do?

  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - check your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to emergency.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Very high

High

Low-moderate

What does it mean?

  • If a fire starts, it can most likely be controlled in these conditions and homes can provide safety.
  • Be aware of how fires can start and minimise the risk.
  • Controlled burning off may occur in these conditions if it is safe - check to see if permits apply. 

What should I do?

  • Check your bushfire survival plan.
  • Monitor conditions.
  • Action may be needed.
  • Leave if necessary

Map of the Fire Districts

 

A breakdown of the fire districts can be found on the CFA website.

VicEmergency App for mobile phones

The VicEmergency app includes warning and incident notifactions for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamnis, weather warnings, beach closures, shark sightings and more. 

It brings together emergency information and warnings from agencies including:

 

  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Life Saving Victoria

 

The app is managed by Emergency Management Victoria and supported by the Department of Justice. 

It can be downloaded from the iTunes Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android devices

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