On 1 September 2022, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services launched the Australian Fire Danger Rating System.
This new system uses 4 simple ratings: moderate, high, extreme, catastrophic, to classify fire danger at fire weather districts across Australia.
Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) will be rolled out across all States and Territories to replace the previous fire danger rating system, which was developed in the 1960s.
The AFDRS is backed by improvements in science that delivers more localised and accurate information for communities throughout WA.
The science better considers the various types of vegetation across our landscapes and incorporates the latest understanding about weather, fuel and how fire behaves in different types of vegetation to improve the reliability and accuracy of fire danger forecasts.
There will be community actions advised at each level so the public understands what they need to do to protect themselves, their family and their homes.
There will also be a 'no rating' for days when conditions present minimal fire risk.
Roadside signs will be replaced and an extensive community engagement and education campaign is now underway.
There are four levels of fire danger in the new system:
- Moderate: Plan and prepare.
- High: Be ready to act.
- Extreme: Take action now to protect your life and property.
- Catastrophic: For your survival, leave bushfire risk areas.
Fire Danger Ratings will be issued on days when there is a fire risk. Each rating will have a clear set of messages, including the actions the community can take to reduce their risk.
Improving the science means DFES can also switch off the new system on days where no proactive action is required by the community. This is represented by the white bar under ‘Moderate’ in the new Fire Danger Rating design (pictured below).
More information on the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System please see here.