Fire Danger Ratings have changed

Fire danger ratings are now simpler and give you clear actions to take.

Did you know

  • This is the most significant change to fire danger ratings in 50 years - designed to make it clearer for you.
  • During that time we've learned a lot more about how fire behaves, and have mapped all of the vegetation across NSW.
  • The new fire danger ratings are used across Australia, meaning the same system is used whether you're at home or away.
  • The new system has been developed using extensive community research from people living in bush fire risk areas.
  • When there's minimal risk, like on days it's raining, you'll see 'No Rating' displayed on signs, apps and websites.

The new ratings and what you need to do


Plan and prepare.

  • Stay up to date and be ready to act if there is a fire.

Be ready to act.

  • There’s a heightened risk. Be alert for fires in your area.
  • Decide what you will do if a fire starts.
  • If a fire starts, your life and property may be at risk. The safest option is to avoid bush fire risk areas.

Take action now to protect your life and property.

  • These are dangerous fire conditions.
  • Check your bush fire plan and ensure that your property is fire ready.
  • If a fire starts, take immediate action. If you and your property are not prepared to the highest level, go to a safer location well before the fire impacts.
  • Reconsider travel through bush fire risk areas.

For your survival leave bush fire risk areas.

  • These are the most dangerous conditions for a fire.
  • Your life may depend on the decisions you make, even before there is a fire.
  • Stay safe by going to a safer location early in the morning or the night before.
  • Homes cannot withstand fires in these conditions.
  • You may not be able to leave, and help may not be available.

Check your fire danger rating

You can check the daily Fire Danger Rating for your area here.