New Fire Danger Rating system in place in Victoria

30 August 2022
Fire danger sign showing the new Australian fire danger ratings

From 1 September, fire danger ratings in Victoria will change in line with the Australian Fire Danger Rating System, which will be the same in every state and territory across Australia.

Fire danger ratings provide information so that people can take action to protect themselves and others. The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions, and the more difficult it will be to stop a fire if one starts.

The new system follows one of Australia’s largest community surveys which found the majority of Australians did not understand the previous fire danger rating system.

Based on community feedback, the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System uses four colour-coded levels and plain language to provide clear advice on what action communities need to take at each level.

The new system is based on enhanced technology and research that greatly improves our ability to accurately predict fire behaviour and the potential threat to the community. The previous system was based on science that is more than 60 years old.

Under the new system, emergency services can provide more specific advice to the community so that they also can make more informed decisions about their own safety.

Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp said The new fire danger rating system means that no matter where you live in Victoria or Australia, the same system will be in place. This is particularly important for our border communities and travellers.”

“The new system is based on Australia’s largest piece of social research – the community told us they want a simpler system that is easier to understand with clear actions at each level and that’s what we’ve delivered in Victoria.”

As part of the changeover to the new system, all fire danger rating signs across Victoria will have a sticker placed over the sign to promote the new four-rating system while emergency services work to roll out the replacements of signs.

New signs will be installed progressively across Victoria, from 1 September.

Victorians can access up-to-date fire danger ratings and other emergency information on the VicEmergency website and VicEmergency app.