The safest option is always to leave early, fires are unpredictable and the potential for the situation to alter drastically is what puts many lives at risk each bushfire season. It’s important to understand both the danger ratings & alert levels.
A fire has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
Watch And Act
There is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
An Emergency Warning is the highest level of Bush Fire Alert. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.
Note*: In some instances, you will receive a notification via text, phone call, on the radio or TV. But do not rely on this alone. Some fires start so rapidly there is no time for these warnings.
Low-Moderate, High & Very High
A fire has started. Be on alert and monitor the warnings. Be ready to act.
Leaving early is the best option. Homes that are well prepared can provide some safety but only if you are truly prepared both mentally and physically to fight these conditions.
Leaving early is the best option. Only consider staying if your home is specifically designed to withstand the fire and you are very prepared and ready to defend,
You must leave, no home can withstand catastrophic conditions so have a plan and leave as early as possible.