Fire Danger Rating

0 to 11: Low / Moderate

•  Fires can be easily controlled but can still present a threat.•  Little or no risk to life or homes  uvi-low
• Ensure your family, home and property is well prepared for the risk of bush fire.• Review and practise your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

• Refer to the RFS website or Information Line for changes in fire activity.

12 to 24High

• Fires can be controlled but still present a threat.• Embers may be blown ahead of the fire and around homes causing other fires to occur close to the main fire.

• Fire may threaten suddenly and without warning.

• Loss of life is highly unlikely and damage to homes and businesses limited.

• Well prepared homes that are actively defended can offer safety during a fire.

 BLUE 
• Ensure your family, home and property is well prepared for the risk of bush fire.• Review and practice your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

• Monitor local media for fi re activity and regularly check the RFS website or Information Line.

25 to 49Very High

• Fires can be difficult to control and present a very real threat.• Embers may be blown around homes causing other fi res to occur up to 2km

ahead of the main fire.

• Fire can threaten suddenly, without warning and it may be hot and windy and it may become diffi cult to see, hear and breathe as the fi re approaches.

• Loss of life or injury is unlikely though some homes and businesses may be damaged or destroyed.

• Well prepared homes that are actively defended can offer safety during a fire.

• Power, water and phone networks may fail.

• In the event of a fi re, fi refi ghting resources may not be available to help all properties.

 LIGHT YELLOW 

 

• Ensure that your survival is the primary consideration in any decision.• Be prepared to implement your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

• Stay informed of current fi re activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the RFS website or Information Line.

50 to 74Severe

• Fires will likely be uncontrollable and fast moving with flames that may be higher than roof tops.• Expect embers to be blown around and into homes causing other fires to start and spread up to 4km ahead of the main fire

• Fire can threaten suddenly, without warning and be very hot and windy which will make it increasingly difficult to see, hear and breathe as the fire approaches.

• There is a chance lives may to be lost and people injured and expect that some homes and businesses will be destroyed or damaged.

• Well prepared, constructed and actively defended homes are likely to offer safety during a fire.

• Power, water and phone networks may fail.

• In the event of a fi re, fire fighting resources are unlikely to be available to help all properties.

 uvi-high 

 

 

 

• Ensure that your survival is the primary consideration in any decision.• Leaving early (hours before) is the safest option for you and your family.

• Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

• If your Bush Fire Survival Plan includes the decision to Stay and Defend, only do so if your home is well prepared, and you are currently capable of actively defending it.

• Stay informed of current fi re activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the RFS website or Information Line.

75 to 99: Extreme

• Fires will likely be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving with flames in the tree tops, and higher than roof tops.• Thousands of embers will be blown around and into homes causing other fires to start and spread quickly up to 6km ahead of the main fire.

• Fire can threaten suddenly, without warning and it will be very hot and windy making it difficult to see, hear and breathe as the fire approaches.

• There is a likelihood that people in the path of the fire will die, or be injured and many homes and businesses destroyed or damaged.

• Only very well prepared, constructed and actively defended homes are likely to offer any degree of safety.

• Power, water and phone networks are likely to fail as strong winds will bring down trees, power lines and blow roofs off buildings well ahead of the fire.

• In the event of a fire, fire fighting resources will be stretched and are highly unlikely to be available to help all properties.

 uvi-veryhigh 

 

• Ensure that your survival is the primary consideration in any decision.• Leaving early (hours before) will always be the safest option for you and your family.

• If your Bush Fire Survival Plan includes the decision to Stay and Defend, only do so if your home is well prepared, specifically designed and constructed for bush fi re and you are currently capable of actively defending it.

• Stay well informed of current fi re activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the RFS website or Information Line

100 + : Catastrophic

• Fires will likely be uncontrollable, unpredictable and very fast moving with highly aggressive flames extending high above tree tops and buildings.• Thousands of embers will be violently blown into and around homes causing other fires to start and spread quickly up to 20km ahead of the main fire

• Fire can threaten suddenly, without warning and be incredibly hot and windy making it difficult to see, hear and breathe as the fire approaches.

• People in the path of the fi re will almost certainly die, or be injured and significant numbers of homes and businesses destroyed or damaged.

• Even well prepared and constructed homes will not be safe.

• Expect power, water and phone networks to fail as severe winds bring down trees, power lines and blow roofs off buildings well ahead of the fire.

• In the event of a fi re, fire fighting resources will be stretched to their limit and will not be available to help all properties.

 DARK 

 

• Ensure that your survival is the primary consideration in any decision.• The safest option is for you and your family to leave early, hours or the day before a fire occurs.

• Under no circumstances will it be safe to Stay and Defend.

• Ensure you stay well informed of current fi re activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the RFS website or Information Line.

When a Fire Danger Rating is advised,

you need to take it seriously and be prepared to act.