Australian Fire Danger Ratings
Living in a bushfire risk area means danger is on your doorstep.
The new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) is your simplified survival tool. Its daily forecast tells you how dangerous a bushfire would be if it broke out, and what you need to do to stay safe on Moderate, High, Extreme and Catastrophic days.
The new Australian Fire Danger Rating System. Learn to live by it.
Understanding the new system
From 1 September 2022, Australia's Fire Danger Rating System will be improved and simplified, to make it easier for you to make decisions to stay safe on days of fire danger risk.
The move to a simpler system is backed by improvements in science, which will mean we can better predict areas of greater risk on days of fire danger.
Across the country there will be nationally consistent colours and terminology. This means that wherever you go in Australia, and whatever the season or fuels you’re surrounded by, you can understand the level of threat and what you need to do to stay safe.
Know your daily Fire Danger Rating
|Fire Danger Rating||What does it mean?||What should you do?|
|MODERATE||Most fires can be controlled||Plan and prepare|
|HIGH||Fires can be dangerous||Be ready to act|
|EXTREME||Fires will spread quickly and be extremely dangerous||Take action now to protect your life and property|
|CATASTROPHIC||If a fire starts and takes hold, lives are likely to be lost||For your survival, leave bushfire risk areas|
Fire Danger Ratings vs Warnings
Fire Danger Ratings
Describe the potential level of danger a community could face, should a bushfire start. Use Fire Danger Ratings to understand and act before a fire starts.
Provide information about what to do during a hazard, such as a bushfire. Use Warnings to understand what danger you're in, and what you need to do to stay safe.