Bush fire danger ratings tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.
They 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.
Low - Moderate - Keep yourself Informed
High - Keep yourself Informed
Very High - Review your bush fire survival plan with your family. Keep yourself informed and monitor conditions. Be ready to act if necessary.
Severe - 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.
Extreme - 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.
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.
The ratings and what that mean to people in that area are fairly consistent across the Australian states and territories however we recommend you contact us and we can help you with your specific situation. We're here for you 24/7 - get in touch anytime by phone or chat.