‘Fire Danger Ratings are changing
Today our Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson MLC and Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM announced the roll out of the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System from tomorrow, 1 September.
Fire Danger Ratings (FDR) can be a critical early trigger for you to enact your bushfire plan. Understanding the changes will help you make decisions that could save your life.
Why is the system changing?
The existing FDR are based on science that is over 60 years old, and only covers a third of Australia’s vegetation types. The new system incorporates 22 fuel types into 8 fire behaviour models, which are tailored to how fire moves in that vegetation. This more accurate modelling means more locally accurate predictions.
What does it mean for you?
A simplified but more locally relevant system that is consistent across the country. No matter where you go in Australia, the new Fire Danger Rating System remains the same, giving you clear recommended actions to prepare and protect your family at each level.
Where can you find the FDR for your area?
Post courtesy of DFES