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Fire Danger Ratings

Fire danger ratings give you an indication of the consequences of a fire if one was to startThe Bush Fire Danger Ratings give you an indication of the possible consequences of a fire, if one was to start.

Bush Fire Danger Ratings are based on predicted conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind and the dryness of the landscape.

The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions.

Check the fire danger rating for your area.

Fire Danger Ratings are changing soon

The way bush fire danger ratings are determined and displayed is changing. Through the latest science and modelling, the new fire danger ratings will be more accurate and relevant to where you live.

From September there will be four levels of fire danger – Moderate, High, Extreme and Catastrophic.


For your survival, leaving early is the only option.

Leave bush fire prone areas the night before or early in the day – do not just wait and see what happens.

Make a decision about when you will leave, where you will go, how you will get there and when you will return.

Homes are not designed to withstand fires in catastrophic conditions so you should leave early.


Leaving early is the safest option for your survival.

If you are not prepared to the highest level, leave early in the day.

Only consider staying if you are prepared to the highest level – such as your home is specially designed, constructed or modified, and situated to withstand a fire, you are well prepared and can actively defend it if a fire starts.


Leaving early is the safest option for your survival.

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety – but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

If you're not prepared, leave early in the day.


Review your bush fire survival plan with your family. Keep yourself informed and monitor conditions. Be ready to act if necessary.