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Fire danger ratings

The fire danger rating shows the risk of bushfires in your area.

The rating is shown by a coloured signboard which is often on the side of major roads.

The signboard shows the ratings, from low to catastrophic, with the arrow pointing to the daily level of risk.

Read below for an explanation of each rating.

Example of a fire danger rating roadside sign

Fire danger rating roadside sign.

Level: catastrophic

Fire danger rating catastrophic, for your survival, leave bushfire risk areas

What you should do

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.

Level: extreme

Fire danger rating extreme, take action now to protect

What you should do

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.

Level: high

Fire danger rating high, be ready to act

What you should do

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.

Level: moderate

Fire danger rating moderate, plan and prepare

What you should do

Plan and prepare.

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

No action required

Fire danger rating no action

On days where there’s minimal risk, like when it’s raining, you’ll see 'no rating.

You should continue to monitor conditions.

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