9. Fire Danger

In September, 2009 fire authorities Australia-wide agreed to a new fire danger rating scale.  This was a result of the Victorian bush fires of 2009.  The new scale is described as follows.

Low to Moderate: Fires are generally easy to control.  Little chance of property or life lost.
During a fire with a “low to moderate” rating, you should know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.

High: Fires can be controlled.  Loss of life is unlikely and damage to property will be limited.
During a fire with a “high” danger rating, you should know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.

Very High: Fire can be difficult to control with flames that may burn into the tree tops.  During a fire of this type some homes and businesses may be damaged or destroyed.
During a fire with a “very high” danger rating, you should only use your home as a place of safety if it is well prepared and you can actively defend it.

 

4 Severe Fire Danger

Severe: “Severe” fires may be uncontrollable and move quickly, with flames that could be higher than roof tops.  A severe fire may cause injuries and some homes or businesses could be destroyed.
During a fire with a “severe” rating, leaving is the safest option for your survival.  Only use your home as a place of safety if it is well prepared and you can actively defend it.

5 Extreme Fire Danger

Extreme: “Extreme” fires may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.  The flames will be higher than roof tops.  During an “extreme” fire, people will probably be injured and hundreds of homes and businesses could be destroyed.
During a fire with an “extreme” rating, only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer any safety during a fire.  Leaving is the safest option for your survival.

6 Catastrophic Fire Danger

Catastrophic: (Also known as “CODE RED“) “Catastrophic” fires may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.  The flames will be higher than roof tops. Many people will possibly be injured or killed and thousands of homes and businesses could be destroyed.
During a “catastrophic” fire, well prepared, constructed and defended homes may not be safe.  Leaving is the safest option for your survival.

 

Warnings for fires may be preceded by the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).  Play the SEWS so you can recognise it.